As with anything in life, we have choices. I could choose to be negative and bitter, after all I had been with the company for almost ten years, or I could choose to look at this as a new opportunity to open up the next chapter of my life. My wife, Virginia is a stalwart supporter of positive thinking and together we have decided that we will embrace the future, whatever that is, with excitement and anticipation.
There are of course some practical things that cannot be ignored. One of these is our house. Although we absolutely love it and have put an enormous amount of sweat equity (and a sizeable chunk of real money) into making it feel like home, we are realists and understand that we will probably have to move for the right career opportunity. And so last week we put the house up for sale. Now, as the Wisconsin snow melts and spring begins to blossom, a big white sign adorns the front lawn and a lockbox is on the door.
I've spent the last three weeks going through a lot of emotions, but now feel that my search is beginning in earnest. I have received invaluable advice from some wonderful career specialists at Right Management (thank you Laura) and have a resume that I am happy with. I have been working the LinkedIn route diligently (a whole new way of interacting and networking that was not available when I was last in the job market) and I have made this website which has proven to be a lot of fun!
Being "in transition" is OK. I am confident that doors will open and for now, it is time to find those doors through my networking connections and whatever means are available. As an exponent of the principles of Emotional Intelligence, I know that I have choices. As I go through this transition, I CHOOSE to be optimistic.