A kick in the BUTT is exactly what my CAREER Needed

March 11, 2009 at 8:46 pm 7 comments

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So on Friday my contract recruiting position ENDED and I became unemployed.  During this economy, it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that even the most successful companies need to take a look at their books and where it makes sense, CUT.  This is the only way to stay in business in the long term and ride out the downturn. Unfortunately, on Friday,  that meant cutting my boss’s position, hence my own and a bunch of other talented folks. 

I should have been upset about it, but something interesting happened earlier in the week:  I read my horoscope in the Good Times (I’m a Capricorn):

 “You wonder if you should follow a dream or become even more practical.  Following dreams actually is practical.  So the question is what do you dream about and who do you envision yourself being in these extremely unusual times?  It’s important to place yourself within the context of the world changes occurring. If you place your dreams within the context of serving humanity your dreams will come true.”

Regardless of whether you believe in astrology or not, this hit a cord for me as good advice. 

Dreams, hopes and desires is what pushes great things happen.  Innovation, reinvention and restructuring is what will push us out of this economic slowdown.

The sudden change in my employment will be the kick in the pants I needed in order to “MAKE things happen.”   It’s my career restructuring… just like my former employer is doing to stay in business.

 

On Friday, before I got the “official” word, my day started out with some great news.  At 7:30am my home phone rang.  It was a friend and former colleague of mine who had been laid off from Motorola the prior month.   His call was to thank me for the career search advice I had given to him on the very day he lost his job.   He had received the job offer he wanted and my advice was instrumental in his success.   So when the axe fell, I felt confident that I could use my own advice and land a job as well.   

This change will only lead to more successful ventures… dreams will come true…..

I hope that you will stay tuned for my Career Search Chronicles…  I’m pretty excited!

What does your career horoscope say about you? 

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  • 1. terrepruitt  |  March 11, 2009 at 9:11 pm

    Heather,
    Good for you! Congratulations for you! Thank you!

    Good for you for extracting the silver lining from the horrendously dark cloud!

    Congratulations that you are in a situation where you have got “kicked in the pants” and you are smart enought to see it as an opportunity and you are going to use it.

    And thank you for being a positive in a negative.

    Dreams can come true. And I hope yours do.

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  • 2. Vicky  |  March 11, 2009 at 9:15 pm

    Mine said remember to take time for rest and renewal during this time since we (Scorpios) tend to push ourselves and others forward, somewhat relentlessly. The last part didn’t make any sense to me though, “Vision is found here, too. Only a few know you’re also, dying each day, also a visionary.” What does that mean?

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  • 3. attimesse  |  March 11, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    The first time I ever got laid off all I could think about was the part of the Spinal Tap movie when the tour was getting canceled.

    Derek Smalls: We’re lucky.
    David St. Hubbins: Yeah.
    Derek Smalls: I mean, people should be envying us, you know.
    David St. Hubbins: I envy us.
    Derek Smalls: Yeah.
    David St. Hubbins: I do.
    Derek Smalls: Me too.

    I should have been upset but all I could think of was this…

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  • [...] A kick in the BUTT is exactly what my CAREER NeededThis is the opening salvo in her career search chronicle. Stay tuned "You wonder if you should follow a dream or become even more practical. Following dreams actually is practical. So the question is what do you dream about and who do you envision yourself being in these extremely unusual times? It’s important to place yourself within the context of the world changes occurring. If you place your dreams within the context of serving humanity your dreams will come true"   [...]

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  • 6. Nancy Babyak  |  March 17, 2009 at 6:06 am

    Thank you for the reminder that dreams can come true.

    Your optimisim is inspirational!

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  • [...] A kick in the BUTT is exactly what my CAREER Needed This is the opening salvo in her career search chronicle. Stay tuned “You wonder if you should follow a dream or become even more practical. Following dreams actually is practical. So the question is what do you dream about and who do you envision yourself being in these extremely unusual times? It’s important to place yourself within the context of the world changes occurring. If you place your dreams within the context of serving humanity your dreams will come true“ [...]

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