In one month, more than 22 million Americans applied for unemployment. We don’t have any clever one-liners. That’s just crazy.
We admit, it’s hard to find a silver lining in this, and we won’t patronize you with excessive good cheer. But we will try to put a positive spin on the situation.
It’s Not You, It’s U.S.
First of all, this isn’t your fault. You didn’t lose your job because you aren’t good at it, because you weren’t performing, or because you accidentally posted something scandalous on Instagram. This is not a stain on the career you’ve built. It’s a temporary setback. When this is all over, you’ll still have your good name, your excellent track record, and a network of contacts who also can’t wait to get back to work.
Smile for the Camera
Now is a great time to update your professional headshot, polish your Facebook profile, and spit-shine your LinkedIn page. (I think it goes without saying that you shouldn’t literally spitshine anything these days, or ever really). Just make it look good.
Use this gap in your employment to improve your online visibility. Make sure there’s nothing embarrassing lurking in your social media feed, that information about you is accurate, and most importantly, that everything makes you look awesome. Tune up your online reference points so that you’re in prime racing condition when the economy starts revving its engine again.
Ch-ch-ch-changes; Turn and Face the Strange
According to The Simpsons, the Japanese use the same word for crisis and opportunity. (We didn’t look it up. We trust The Simpsons). When this is over, there’s no rule that says you must go back to your old line of work. This change has been thrust upon us, but there may be opportunity in the moment.
This is a chance to reconsider your trajectory. Pursue your passion, build your business, create a thing. I know that’s vague but it’s your dream. You fill in the details.
These days are strange and uncertain. Find renewed purpose, make the most of your free time, and hit the snooze button once in awhile. You won’t be sleeping late when we all get back to work.