Posted on | October 30, 2014 | Comments Off on I Lost My Job But Not My Perspective
Yesterday was one of the most emotional days of my life.
I lost my job as my position was eliminated, and I darn near burnt the orange cinnamon rolls I baked! (Props to Pillsbury for making a bad day better though, because damn those rolls were tasty!).
Microsoft announced changes within the structures of several groups in the company. My group was affected, and while I have natural concerns for my own future, I am now faced with saying goodbye to some talented friends and coworkers. It has been a pleasure to work beside, and learn from, these people. They are smart, dedicated and creative…not to mention a barrel of laughs!
I am confident in my own abilities and hopeful for each of those affected by yesterday’s layoffs. It happens. Companies make decisions every day. And while it may seem easy to quarterback things like this from a distance, I can state I feel no enmity. Not an ounce.
The last 7 years of work with Microsoft have been a gift. I have learned, made new friends, traveled, helped build successful products and in some small way, I think, helped make a difference, a positive difference, for businesses, consultants and SEOs worldwide. Tough to be bitter with anyone who enabled THAT in your life.
My life is filled with fortune, however. And for this I am grateful. No, I didn’t find a winning lottery ticket on the way home yesterday(though I DO need to check my tickets!). I have a supportive family, I have a broad network of friends & people, and I have transferable skills.
It was a busy day, but I had the luck to come across (and time to read) an article I found to be useful and somewhat inspirational.
I will continue to explore opportunities within the company, but if you know of solid opportunities outside of Microsoft, sound off gang. Not too proud to ask for help and support. Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+ reach me quickly.