Stories of Encouragement-Losing a Job

posted 2 years ago in Career
Post # 2
2021 posts
Buzzing bee

summerrain123 :  So sorry Bee 🙁


Yes, I lost my job unexpectedly in April of this past year.

I was doing well, had a sweet gig working from home, making a great salary and the company HQ decided to eliminate my position. No real warning, just a call from HR and my manager saying they were going to pay me a certain buyout sum, and extend my benefits for a month so I didn’t lose insurance right away. I was pretty devastated by it, because besides it being my livelihood—it was a huge blow to my ego as I’ve always held jobs for years and years and I was at that one for less than 1 year.


To make a long story short, I found employment again in a field I wanted about 4 months later, with a company I wanted and it is a MUCH better fit. It also pretty much gave me the summer off, even though I was looking for work, I was able to spend a lot of time with Darling Husband and we were able to travel and get a lot of good alone time right after we got married.

Don’t beat yourself up over it, and don’t get down on yourself. Obviously beef up your resume and get it out there on job boards, but utilize Linkedin and those you’ve networked with the past.

Post # 3
1217 posts
Bumble bee

Reading your post reminds me of a story that Oprah used to tell. Apparently, when she was very young she had a job reporting the weekend news on TV. she was fired. (not downsizing, not company reorganizing, etc. downright fired). She said that she was devastated when this happened because she always viewed herself as a news anchor.

Anyway… we all know what happened to her. 🙂 She says that she would not have even been open or available to being a talk show host because if she had had her way, she would have been a news anchor. I like this story because it reminds us all to keep our minds open to other opportunities, maybe even to things that we otherwise wouldn’t have thought about. 

Post # 4
2419 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

 I lost my job about a month ago. I half expected it, but not really. My position, along with a few others in our company, was eliminated. I got a pitiful severance.  The thing is, though, that I had been stressing about how I was going to fit my school obligations in with my job. I was literally losing sleep over it. In January, I knew I was going to have to make some changes and I just didn’t know what I was going to do. So, it ended up being a really good thing for me because it pushed me to find a lesser job that would better accommodate my school. I actually thank God for the job loss and the push I needed. It also prompted some other life changes, such as buying a house that would be a little more financially smart given that I was taking a big cut in pay. And even though the whole thing has been incredibly stressful, it helped me to better visualize what my goals are. I had a high paying, highly responsible job that I just was unhappy with. It was actually the reason why I was getting my master’s degree, so that I could let go some of that stress while retaining a relatively high level of income.

If I were you, I would take a look and see if there’s any other changes you might want to make in your life right now. Job loss is a good excuse to reorganize & reprioritize  your life. 

Post # 5
472 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

Bee I am also losing my job; my entire department is being dissolved and everyone is getting let go by early next year. I know it sucks but you are not alone. This actually happens quite often believe it or not. Take this time to truly focus on what you would like to do with your career because now you have the time to focus on you where as before, with the job, it would have been harder to do so.

Post # 6
672 posts
Busy bee

I lost my job as my last company decided to “restructure” my department. I was miserable at it though and should have been on stress leave months prior as it was quite a toxic environment. I was hoping to TTC a few months following so I was going to just stick it out. I was told on a consistent basis that I basically had no value and should be thankful to work there. Turns out that they had to hire three people to replace me and that I was extremely valuable in the workplace. Despite economic factors I got to interview at the top companies I wanted to work for and had to turn down interviews and job offers. In the end I started working at a company that I moved to this city with the hopes of eventually working for. Not less than a year later, my old company “restructured” their marketing department again. I have never been so thankful to leave a sinking ship. Take some time and figure out what would make you happy and then go after that. Your ego is taking a temporary beating but the good news is it won’t be long-term. 

Post # 7
741 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I was made redundant from a job I really enjoyed about for years ago. I’d moved across the border for it, and was in a city where I knew very few people. But it actually turned out to be one of the best things that happened to me, career wise. In four years I’ve over doubled my salary, and managed to get a job doing the part of the job I enjoyed most. There were some awful times where I’d panic I wasn’t going to find another job, but it really worked out for the best. I hope it does for you too, OP (and PPs who are in the same situation!)

Post # 8
236 posts
Helper bee

Yes, I was fired from a job that I absolutely loved teaching art classes, and I was damn good at it too. The owner let me go because of personal differences- I felt that she was never on track with the class schedules and always hindered me from having samples ready well enough in advance. I voiced these concerns in what I thought was a pretty professional way, and the next day she fired me. I was DEVASTATED. I loved that job. I loved my kids that I taught, I loved the work, loved it. I accepted a position at a grocery store as a cashier, and I felt terribly sad about it. I figured if I couldnt succeed in a job that I really loved, how was I ever going to really do anything significant in my life? Well, a month later, I was approached by a local company that I had dreamed of working for, but I never thought I could do it. Turns out, they had seen my work and decided that they wanted to take me under their wing. It turned out that getting fired from my previous job was a complete blessing. If I had been approached by this company while I was still teaching classes, I dont know that I would have taken the leap into the job that I work now. Sometimes rough life changes are a blessing,even when you feel awful while theyre happening. Looking back on my life, I see a pattern that every major negative thing that has happened in my life has lead to an influx of positivity, tenfold anything the negatives ever brought me. I believe in you bee, everything is going to be okay!

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