My recent trip to the unemployment office introduced me to my new full time job! The person providing orientation to the unemployment process happily told us that our new full time job would be “looking for a job!”. Overwhelming, happened way too quickly for me!
I’ve decided to take a couple months off to spend time with my family. Summer is coming up and I really want to hang with my kids for the first time. Funny though, since looking for a job is supposed to be my new full time job, I feel like I am not “meeting expectations”, forget about exceeding, not even trying to be an over achiever here!
My former employer has graciously provided me with outplacement services. between them and the unemployment office, I exist with this nagging feeling that I always have to be doing something, anything, to meet someone’s expectations of finding a job! May not be my immediate goal, but by gosh it is someone’s goal! Clearly this is one of the signals that I am still adjusting to my “separation” from corporate america!
So today, I did a webinar on creating your own Marketing Plan, it’s like a Self Appraisal for the unemployed. Between that and the expected Networking… Let the mind games begin! Well anyway, let me just say “Wow…”, I feel like people have to be constantly in “ON” mode and this is where my nagging feeling comes into play… should I not also be in “ON” mode. Should I always be in ready mode for that (self) sales conversation! If I’m not ready, isn’t it my responsibility to fake it (ha ha!).
My marketing plan is due on Wednesday, today is Monday. Will I have to pull an all nighter, stay up late to get this done, after all I have a deadline! Knowing myself, I’ll certainly make a good faith attempt or not.. who knows!
My friends, I have not had a full day of rest since my “separation”. It’s coming though! As each day passes, I feel more and more separated, soon enough, it will all be a distant memory!