Laid Off – What Now?

Losing a job is difficult, and can really shake you up.  Now that one chapter has ended, it is time also to take action and rebuild your future.  Here are some good steps to take when you are laid off from a job.

  • Find your center.

Relax, most everyone goes through this, and there is a light at the end of the tunnel, even if you don’t see it yet.  Time to breathe, pray, meditate, and reflect on what you did in your last job, in order to find out what you would like to do next.   

  • Create a new schedule, with specific daily goals and activities to build your new life.

Now that another company does not have control of your daily routine, it is time to create a new routine that will effectively build your confidence and help to increase productivity while you have off.  My advice would be to include the following: wake up by 7:30am, shower, dress nice like you are going to work, get out of the house with your laptop and go to a coffee shop to apply for jobs, eat a good lunch, keep grinding busting out new business emails, contact everyone on your list for help including recruiters and such.  You will get through this.

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  • Resume updates and inventory of your assets and value.

This is a great time to first find out what you like to do, and make sure you apply to those types of jobs accordingly.  This will mean building a new resume, categorizing your achievements, bragging about your best practices and value to the company.

  • Define the target companies and positions you would like to get, then apply and keep track of the progress.

Taking your next step will be a bit of a process, as now you have to work toward getting that next opportunity.  This includes researching all the companies and positions that are available, catering your resume accordingly and reaching out.  I am a big fan of creating an excel document monitoring each company you reach out to, and updating it to monitor progress.

  • If all else fails, contact the recruiters!

Time to call all the sharks out there to help you find that new opportunity.  If you can find a recruiter in your specific industry, this will help to find the right opportunity for you.

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  • Beast mode for part time work in the meantime.

There are many jobs out there that give you the flexibility of working part time where you can manage a side hustle before the full time hustle.  Craigslist.com, Fivver.com, Monster.com, LinkedIn.com are a few but many can help get you the in the meantime position.

  • Apply for unemployment as it can take weeks to process.

Each state has it’s own system that allows you to apply for unemployment if you are laid off.  Unfortunately if you are fired you will not be able to collect it, so this can be an opportunity to take other cash related jobs like becoming a waitress, bartender or babysitter so you can get things popping.

  • Take care of yourself.

Drink 8 glasses of water a day, and get plenty of fruit and vegetables.  I know I sound like your mother but when you are down in the weeds it is a great opportunity to take care of the things you can control like your physical well-being.

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  • Start a blog or create a journal to store your many emotions while going through this, you don’t need to share everything with family and friends if you don’t want to.

This is a safe place for you to store all your highs and lows during this transition period.  It is a great way to vent and not worry about what others think of you.

Final thought, you will get through this.  You are invincible, unbreakable, and very powerful.  Control those negative thoughts and get to work!  Also follow us on instagram @leverageambition for positive thoughts.

Keep it real.

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10 Sales Memes for a Good Laugh

In a way we are all salespeople, aiming to please and get the acceptance of others for likability, pride and most of all, money! Being in sales is not for the meek, you need a heart of gold and the ability to brush off neigh sayers that will reject your proposal via an email block, curse words, or my personal favorite, the response only with remove in the body! Awesome sauce!

I have seen it all, from hostile house wives to nasty executives, some people just do not liked to be pitched over email or telephone. Whatever you are selling, they just aren’t buying it! With that being said I have found the top sales memes that play on all the funny emotions sales people go through as they help try to promote new business. Enjoy!

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Ugh. We can all relate to this. How is it legal that the government can take away half of our hard earned commission checks? Somehow it is and every time I am stumped by the flagrant slice of pie that is taken by good ole Uncle Sam before it is deposited in my bank account. Yikes!

 

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The stress of getting, signing, contracting, getting all processed and finalized can cause premature wrinkles. Over the last 5 years I feel like I have aged 15 with the amount of hand holding I have had to do with clients and coworkers. Oy vey!

 

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I have one potential client that saus this every time. Ain’t got time for that!

4. So interesting to over hear others talk about similar products and how they either help or hurt their business in some way. I find it funny too when the potential client complains about the competitor, but still decides to stay with them! Jeez louise.

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You have to ride or die here folks, and live, breath, act, walk, talkyour sale. Failure only is good when you learn from it and adjust.

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Coffee, coffee, coffee! It is the only way to bust out 1,900 introduction emails in one hour so you can sit and watch Netflix the rest of the day. Wha, wha, what?! No Netflix at work, duh guys.

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This is the worst. You know management really hates you when they ask you to train the underpaid newbee they hired so they can do your job for half the money. Good luck with that!

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Why is it that non- sales executives that have no idea how to sell and maintain accounts get to decide our fates? Unrealistic sales goals are such a bummer and can sometimes be counter productive. It is always good to talk to your sales person before hand to find out what they think there sales goal should be to get an idea of what they think they can accomplish.

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Dude! This is awful. There is always that guy who thinks he is Tom Brady. Step back bro! Just because your parents still pay your rent doesn’t mean your poop doesn’t stink. Giddy up boy, better get that next sale!

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Why is it that every new sales job you take you are in tiger blood beast mode than 2 months later you are over it? Brenda in finance is why. You just don’t care like Brenda in finance who is living off your sales cuts. Sarcasm delivered to you sales freaks! Here’s to your next inked contract! 👍😎🦄🛫🌞🎅👩‍🚀

SAG Awards 2018 – Family Night

The Screen Actors Guild, also known as the SAG, is hosting their 24th Annual Awards Show tonight, where actors celebrate each other’s performances in television and film!  This is like the SuperBowl for Actors, and I am excited to see the nominees and fashion.  Also Kristen Bell is a hilarious comedian so I think she will add some fun flavor to the event.  Seems they have never had a Master of Ceremonies before and she was blessed with the honor of hosting it.

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I was not too familiar with what the SAG was or did until my husband decided to get into the acting business.  The SAG as a union and organization itself represents the best interests of actors, helping to protect them for fair pay, benefits, and fair working conditions.  It was a union created to protect the exploitation of the actor, and was founded in 1933 to help give fair working conditions to the people and support of the acting business.  This award show is typically a precursor to the Academy Awards that will be happening later on this year, and history shows that the winners here are more likely to go on to win at the Academy Awards too.

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I was wondering where we would watch the show, and it seems after looking around on my TV Guide here that you can see the SAG Awards tonight on both TNT and TBS at 5pm PST.  E! Online is also filming the red carpet live so we can check out all the pretty dresses and fashionable sleek suits.  My husband is an actor, so we are excited to watch!

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We heard they are giving out a total of 13 awards tonight, and with the federal government shut down and protests country wide, it is bound to be politically charged.

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I admit I have not seen all the series and films that are being honored today, but heard from E! News that they include the following:

  • Big Little Lies
  • The Big Sick
  • Get Out
  • Lady Bird
  • Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
  • Roman J. Israel, Esq.
  • Feud: Bette & Joan
  • Stranger Things
  • Game of Thrones
  • Black-ish
  • VEEP
  • Glow
  • Ozark
  • Better Call Saul
  • House of Cards
  • Master of None
  • Sherlock

I also tried to find more information at the SAGAwards.org website, but looks like their server is having trouble processing all the request.  Time for an upgrade SAG! 🙂

Hope you enjoy the show!

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