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  • Writer's pictureDanielle

Job Loss & Hustle

Updated: Jul 19, 2020

7 Things to do the first week you get laid off from your job.

A week ago I got laid off.

Today, I moved my fine ass out of my old office and I am officially saying hello to my new bigger and better future.

Closure is so important and this was a key action for me.

I also made a Boss Lady playlist that I’ve been blasting all day, and I must say, it’s the perfect soundtrack as I transition into my new life. And yes, it’s for your listening pleasure too. It has quite the range...from Aretha Franklin to Shania Twain to Alanis Morissette to Beyoncé, and everything in between — suffice to say it has a little bit for everyone, and it’s up on the blog 🎶💋, and on my Spotify channel.

Tip of the Day: Never underestimate the power of a well made playlist.

OKAY. Week 1 from the big layoff news is complete. And here’s everything you too need to do the first week of a layoff to set yourself up for success, after you’ve given yourself one day only to marinate in it:

  1. Make sure all of your personal branding material is up to date ASAP: CV/resume, career roadmap, LinkedIn profile, Personal Marketing Plan, personal branding statement on what you’re looking for now plus your elevator pitch in writing to share with people who ask to help.

  2. Complete a digital audit. Don’t like what you see when you Google yourself? Fix it.

  3. Turn on “looking for jobs” on LinkedIn.

  4. Tell people. Tell everyone. Share it loud from the rooftops with pride, and when people ask how they can help, tactfully share your personal branding material. Ask for specific help.

  5. Own your story. Who you are, what you bring to the table, what you’re looking for next. Your passions. Your lay-off is an opportunity. Practice with people you can be most vulnerable with first.

  6. Spend 10 minutes every day writing down what your future life/job looks like as if it’s already happened.

  7. Self-check your behaviors and your consumption (people/accounts/news/vices) — decide what you need to do/consume more and less of, and stick to it. Consider a vice detox.

  8. Prioritize fitness every damn day.

Next up: self care tips during seasons of major change.

Let’s go! Your future self is waiting.

xx, Danielle

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