It happens to the best of us. Occasionally companies have to go through a dreaded round of lay-offs and a handful of talented employees are let go into the world. It feels awful. And scary. Like nothing could get any worse. But here’s a few reasons why losing your job might be the best thing that ever happened to you.
1. It may be the kick in the butt you needed.
How happy were you in your last position? Oftentimes we settle into a routine. Before we know it, we’ve been working the same position for five years. How much can you grow if you’ve been working the same position for too long? Look at this as a great opportunity for you to switch up your routine and learn more about yourself.
2. It’s the perfect time to try something new.
If you’ve always dreamed about switching careers, now is the time to do it. At the very least, apply for some positions that are out of your comfort zone and see if you get a call. Here’s a post on how to find focus in a jumbled resume — those skills you have may translate into another career easier than you think.
3. Your network is only expanding.
Leave every company on a good note. Connect with your former coworkers on LinkedIn and shoot an email with your new contact information to any employees you’d like to keep in touch with. When you accept a new position, you’ll get a new set of coworkers and even more connections who can help you down the road. Moving on is not always a bad thing.
4. Your skill set will grow.
Even if you end up taking a similar position at a new company, there’s new processes, people, and experiences that will help you grow personally and professionally. That will make you even more marketable the next time you’re searching for a new position.
5. You’re never going to lose that previous experience.
You may be sad to leave your company, but nobody can take that experience away from you. It will live on your resume and on your LinkedIn page forever. Those connections you’ve made will always remain. Don’t think of a lay-off as taking a part of your life away — think of this move as adding on a new chapter to your life.