“I was laid off twice in one year.” That is what my boss said to me the other day. I was crushed. I told him I don’t mind the redundancy, I can handle it, but I really need some time off to figure out my life. He said, “I don’t have to tell you that you have been consistently great at your work, but we just needed to get rid of some people and take a look at our budget.” He went on to say that I was laid off twice in one year and that he wasn’t sure why.
This is when I stopped being quiet. I sat down and thought about my whole career and where I went wrong. I wanted to know what it was I did wrong and how I could fix it. When I got done thinking about my job, I realized what I needed to do.
I knew I had to find a job in a field I was interested in so I could make some money. I thought about going back to school but I wasn’t sure if I could afford it. Plus, I didn’t think I could finish school and get a degree in my favorite subject (something I love). I also remembered my boss talking about redundancy and how I should take it as a blessing. I remembered how I felt when I left my job and interviewed for another. I wondered if I was cut loose because I was too valuable to the company.
Then I remembered something my grandmother told me years ago. “If you want to get ahead in life, be prepared to change jobs! It’s part of growing up!” My grandmother was right! It is part of growing up. And if you are ready to change and be prepared to take on a new job, then go for it.
Even though I worked hard for that first employer (a huge corporation) and earned the job with that company (once), I still felt like I had a lot to prove. I took a few interviews and got the job. The feeling of not making enough money for the first year was frustrating. But I learned from my first employers how to push myself to earn more money.
I learned how to negotiate better hours. I negotiated with my boss to take over night and weekend shift even though that meant taking extra pay. I learned how to negotiate for time off and vacation. And I negotiated with my employees for raises and promotions.
And guess what? Last year, I landed a position with an international corporation and was offered a promotion. My position and salary went up! I got to move up in my career and I’m living my dream now! And I still have some bad years of experience under my belt (!)
So, if you’re ready to negotiate a new job and get hired for that position you deserve to have, don’t be afraid to negotiate! Don’t be afraid to ask for a raise or promotion. I was laid off twice before, and I learned how to negotiate and bargained my way through. If you’re willing to learn how to negotiate a good job and get the job done, then go for it! Start today, because it’s time to get the financial freedom you’ve always dreamed of!
But don’t just take my word for it. Why not learn how to negotiate a great job, earn a raise, promotion, and a raises and promotions? By following the steps I’ve outlined in this article, you can save yourself hundreds of dollars in the future. And you will know exactly what to say and what not to say when negotiating with your current employer.
In addition to saving money on unemployment insurance, you will be able to save time and money by getting the job done faster. Don’t waste time waiting for your employer to process your unemployment paperwork. It’s not worth the hassle! Get your documents out of the way, get started on the application process, and get the job done right away.
You can definitely copy the method I used to get my first job back and the methods I follow to get my second and third jobs back to where they were. You have a lot less risk of being laid off in today’s economy than you did a few years ago. Take action now, save yourself some time, and make the most of the economy by starting to earn an income again!