Job Transition Reflections

Here’s the funny part of this new wonderful opportunity I have in life: if my company didn’t lay me off, it wouldn’t have happened!

The shear fact my services had become available in the marketplace, as my old employer was starting their rounds of lay offs, signaled to my ex-client (now employer) I was available for hire. 

I signed a job proposal as a Marketing Director just 7 days after loosing my previous job. 
If that wasn’t amazing enough, the fact my ex-client reached out to me regarding this new job opportunity on their own accord also astounds me. As soon as I was contacted, I immediately focused all my efforts on selling myself, building the relationships with key people, researching possible marketing campaigns and strategy tactics we can test (which was fodder for phone calls and interviews). 

I prepared for my life’s greatest opportunity in that moment, which was this new better job in a better market doing work I enjoy and excel at. From the very beginning I had full faith I would get this job – I thought it was my destiny .

It get’s even better: other ex-clients have been reach out to me shocked at what went down (me too) and every single one is saying the same things to the tune of, “I work with you, I don’t work with the agency. You’re the person we hired and trust to run our account for years. If it’s not you than we’re canceling.”

There are few things more complimentative then learning clients were so loyal, so trustworthy, so grateful for your services, that they are going to cancel their entire account if you’re not running it. Holy cow that’s an awesome feeling. 

Plus what a sensational signal to my past employer regarding how valuable I truly am in the marketplace. You thought laying me off would save you money but it’s already costing your tens of thousands of dollars one week later.

Reader let me just warn you that employers don’t care about your livelihood no matter what they say. Employers care about making a profit. So even if you’re a top performing employee year over year over year, well liked and respected, you’re never truly save.

If unfairly populated data spreadsheets don’t  speak favorably to your work when a tough decision must be made, your continuous high level of performance will not matter.
Employers will always demand high levels of performance regardless of market conditions or conditions outside of your control. This is the burden of any professional. The past is dead, what only matters is the today and the future.

To win, you have to be a lion. There are cats and lions in life. Most people are cats, refusing to compete with the winners, who are lions. People stay as cats because it’s too dangerous or scary to compete with the lions. The lions feel the fear and compete anyway – they are addicted to growth and development.

So which one are you: the lion or the cat?

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