The shitty state of the economy really hit home when I was laid off mid-January. I thought that my job was safe. I was in sales and after all, the company needed us to bring in money for the company. Apparently our company didn’t do so well in FY2008 and I had to be let go.
At first I thought it had something to do with my performance. When I sat down with my boss, he really felt bad for letting me go. He knew I knew something was going on so he did what he felt was the right thing and dropped the news the day before instead of waiting the next day when the axe came down on everyone else. He also let a couple guys within our industry know that he was letting me go and if they needed someone, I’d be a good candidate. I’m not sure if he did that because he wanted to help me or just to keep me from going to the competition. Either way, it helped out with the job hunt.
I was able to land a job within 2 weeks of being laid off, for which I consider myself EXTREMELY lucky. I was able to push my start date to February 16 and it feels great to just take a break from everything. I’m also anxious to start since I’ll be working exclusively from home and my territory would only be Orange County. No more sitting on the 5 in traffic to drive up to Glendale, Burbank, Pasadena.
As cliche as it sounds, I’m kind of glad I got laid off. First, work wasn’t fun anymore. The transition to the new brand was a lot more difficult than I could have imagined. It also occurred when I got promoted so I had to deal with that as well. And since I got laid off, I got severance and was eligible for unemployment. If I had quit, I wouldn’t have enough money saved up to take this much time off. If I quit, rather than got laid off, I wouldn’t have had my managers give me leads to new jobs.
While this break has been very relaxing, I’m sort of anxious to get back into a routine. Plus it’s no fun when all of your friends are working during the day.