Friday, October 19, 2012

Not Fired Up, Just Fired

for the 1st time in well over 20 years, I find myself without a job. My former employer continues to downsize and despite having given exceptional value during my 16 year tenure, my salary was apparently a juicy, juicy target.

Interestingly, I had just submitted a proposal outlining over 20 new sources of revenue using existing resources. Most would cost very little to implement and would substantially enhance the Guest experience.

I'll be curious to see if they actually go forward with any of my ideas. I am happy to say that my team of direct reports, dear friends all, are still employed and may have the opportunity to bring some of these ideas to life. I wish them nothing but the best.

As for my immediate prospects, they are not entirely rosy here in Southeastern Connecticut but I have skills, creativity and a phenomenal work ethic so am generally optimistic. Since the CT real estate market is still in the basement - particularly for condos, it would most decidedly be best to try finding something that will serve as the first step in a career transition somewhat close to my own backyard.

The big question is, what would I really like to do with my time?
  • Bookkeeping?
  • Beekeeping?
  • Professional wrestling?

Luckily, I have resources that allow me to take some time and really consider options. My severance package includes healthcare and will carry me through on full salary until mid to late Spring. Adding 26 weeks of unemployment benefits certainly helps.

If  I can bank a good chunk, then options get even wider, especially if real estate prices begin to move in  a positive direction.

If I can't and they don't...
then please always say yes when I ask if you'd like to super-size your order.

C'mon, my manager could be watching.

"Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home... it's your responsibility to love it, or change it."
Chuck Palahniuk