"You did nothing wrong. You know it."
Everything is different.
Craving the normality you once knew? Let it go.
Waiting for life to return to how it was? Move on.
It’s a different world.
Job losses every day. Growing unemployment lines. Into the unknown we go.
As we navigate through life redesigned by COVID19, we’re realising the intensity and enormity of change thrust upon us.
The pain is real. The situation is confronting.
If we believe the experts, the world is racing towards a financial cliff. A sobering thought on its own, scary to consider if you’re without work.
We’ve all been there. We feel your pain. We know your fears.
One day you’ve got a job, the next you’re out.
It can be lonely, suffocating and scary.
You never got a chance to say goodbye to the people you worked with or the job you loved so much.
It’s over. Just like that.
Stripped from what defined you. Stripped from the lifestyle it gave you. We feel your pain.
The reality is challenging. Absorb it. Lament the loss.
What happens next? You may not have interviewed for awhile and you may not know where to start.
You can’t even find the most recent version of your CV. To top it off, you also need to learn what key words to use for your LinkedIn profile.
Compounding the situation, you’re applying for jobs with no response.
Constantly checking your mobile. No messages. No emails. Not even a courteous application update.
Stop. Breathe in, breathe out. You’ll get there.
Firstly, it’s not you, it’s the situation. It’s a perfect storm of unprecedented events that made this happen.
Don’t let this break your confidence.
You did nothing wrong. You know it. We know it.
Global unemployment rates are skyrocketing as the financial impact of COVID19 is realised. The situation will only get worse before it gets better.
The travel, hospitality, arts, media, retail, transport and distribution sectors have been hardest hit so far.
But in all the depressing stats and projections, there’s hope — there always is and it starts with you and your community.
Strength is the courage to ask for help.
We’re here for you. We’re here for each other.
The response for help has been inspiring. Humans are amazing.
LinkedIn feeds are full of advice, links to valuable resources, coaching sessions, free courses and in some cases, jobs.
Social media feeds are flowing with comforting messages of support and acknowledgment.
It’s grounding to see people rally around each other like this.
People helping people.
A crisis breaks down walls, egos subside and hearts connect.
Ultimately, you need a job — right now, you have the support of everyone. Accept the support.
Hang in there. It will be ok.
You’re not alone.
Don’t give up.
Moments like these can make and define you.
Remember, dark clouds pass.
We believe in you. We all believe in you.
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