From Blue Christmas to Happy New Year
What if you realize that your job is ending right on the holidays? What do you do?
In our latest episode, Sherris Moreira, the owner and founder of Small Town Storyteller shares her personal journey of facing job loss during the holiday season. She candidly explores the reasons behind this unexpected turn of events and imparts valuable lessons on resilience and new beginnings and gave us 6 Christmas Song-Inspired tips for someone struggling the same as her.
Here are the 6 invaluable Christmas song-inspired tips ( and 1 bonus) to do when you find out your job is ending.
1. “Hard Candy Christmas by Dolly Parton” – Allow Yourself to Grieve:
Begin by acknowledging and allowing yourself to grieve the end of your job. Take a moment to catch your breath and process your emotions. It’s essential to give yourself the time and space to cope with the changes before taking the next steps.
2. “Grown Up Christmas List by Kelly Clarkson” – Make a list of the things you need to do:
Create a grown-up Christmas list for your Career. Make a comprehensive list of the things that you want to do next.
3. “Deck the Halls by Nat King Cole” – Update Your LinkedIn:
Update your LinkedIn profile to reflect these changes, ensuring you’re ready to present yourself effectively to potential employers.
4. “Sleigh Ride by Ella Fitzgerald” – Reach Out to Your Network:
Just as sleigh ride requires getting back up, reach out to your personal and professional network for support. Share your situation with colleagues and friends, and don’t hesitate to ask for help or advice. Networking can open up new opportunities and provide valuable insights into potential career paths.
5. “Christmas Wrapping by the Waitresses” – Be Open-Minded About Your Next Step:
Embrace the idea that your next career move doesn’t have to mirror your previous role. Like Christmas gifts come in various forms, consider different job opportunities, whether they involve building on your existing skills, taking a step back for more flexibility, or exploring entirely new avenues. Be open-minded and think outside the traditional career box.
6. “Santa Tell Me” – Seek Professional Guidance:
Just as Santa is the professional in all things Christmas, consider reaching out to career professionals. Utilize resources like local Career Centers or Career Links for free assistance with resume updates, job applications, and even participation in career fairs. Seeking professional guidance can enhance your job search strategy and boost your confidence in the process.
7. “Brand New Day by Sting” – Look What’s Coming Next
Now is the time to shift your focus forward and anticipate the possibilities that lie ahead. Embrace the idea that the end of one chapter marks the beginning of another. As you allow yourself to grieve and process the changes during this hard candy Christmas, look to the future with optimism and a sense of renewal. Consider what opportunities and challenges the next phase of your career may bring. Just as a brand new day signifies a fresh start, use this perspective to navigate your professional journey with a forward-thinking mindset.
As we approach the holiday season, Sherris Moreira’s narrative serves as a reminder that amidst challenges, there’s room for hope. The episode encourages listeners to navigate uncertainties with an open mind, fostering the resilience needed to transform endings into empowering beginnings. Tune in to The Entrepreneur Society and discover the insights that can turn professional transitions into moments of profound growth.