I’ve Landed

No I’m not on a plane or traveling, but you might say I’ve been on a bit of a journey. It’s started last year when a twenty plus year relationship came to an end. The “I’ve landed” phase is common one for job seekers, who have successfully obtained a new position. I’m so happy to report I’ve landed! It’s a great way to kick off the New Year with a fresh start. I have landed a new role as a project manager with a local company, which is closer to my home, gives me better work/life balance, and offers plenty of potential for growth. I am so excited for a new challenge, to work with a new team, and apply what I’ve learned over my professional career in a new environment. I will certainly approach the new role differently. I have learned so much living through this experience and I take it with me each and every day.

Debt and Emergency Fund

I think it’s pretty clear I’m not a fan of debt. We worked very hard for fifty months to eliminate ours. We continue to discuss money often, track expenses, and review net worth monthly. Call it pure luck or good timing, but when 85% of our income was pulled out from under our family, it could have been a devastating event. One that could have increase stress, fights and panic in our lives in an instant, but it didn’t because we were debt free. Having that piece of mind and a plan for my money I did not panic when I was let go. If this event happened while still in debt I cannot image how our lives would have been. It’s an amazing reminder of the power of debt freedom, one that is not lost on me or my family.

We had a six-month emergency fund save, when my former position was eliminated. I also was given a severance package as well. Having cash available I knew exactly how long I could be out of work without making any new income and survive. I remember the conversation like it was yesterday telling my three children what had happened and how since we had done a good job of planning and saving we would be okay.

Building wealth will now be goal number one for us. I’m leaning towards a cash emergency fund of one year. I just really like the security the savings gives us.

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Nurture your Network

Your network is very important for your past, current, and future success. Don’t neglect it, ever. Whether it’s social media and causal friendships on Facebook or professional connections on LinkedIn, or your neighbor down the block you have no idea where you next freelance gig, full-time positions, part-time work, etc. might come from. If you are currently seeking a job or not stay in touch with your network, keep the relationships fresh, help your network when you can, build the network so when and if you have a time of need it will be there for you.

I was partly guilty of this. I could certainly do a better job of staying in touch, reaching out just to say “hi”, check in with people periodically, etc. Drop an e-mail, ask how the kids are doing, be polite, be consistent, you never know when you will need your network.

Bump It Up

I have had made different roles over the years. I’ve reported into others, been the boss, and had a team as large as twenty people reporting to me. The one thing I’ve seen that still drives me crazy is when people complain about a work situation to someone who has no power to change it for them. They will go on and on to their peers about all the things that are wrong in a company or about their supervisor, but when they have the opportunity to speak to someone who can do something about it for them, the clam up.

It makes no sense. So, I follow two rules in this area. If you are going to bring a problem to me, it needs to come with a solution as well. I will not fix your problem. I will certainly help you and we can work together on it, but I have my own work to do and can’t fix everything.

I will also not listen to a co-worker complain or if I’m the one complaining I ask them to redirect me and bump it up to someone who has the power to change or address the complaint.  If we don’t bump it up it will just swirl and decay morale within the workplace and that is not a place I want to work ever again.

As I begin chapter two I’ll take these things forward into my new role, learning from my past failures, celebrating the successes, and hoping I’ve found a new home.

47 thoughts on “I’ve Landed”

  1. Congratulations Brian! SUCH wonderful news : ) I know what you’re saying when you refer to people who complain to those who can do nothing, and then say nothing to the people with power when the opportunity is given. Your resolve not to feed into the complain-drain is a great one. All the best in your new job!

  2. Congrats on the new opportunity, Brian! And kudos on being so well prepared for your transition. It’s the perfect illustration of how important it is to pay down your debt and keep a healthy emergency fund. You’ve set a great example for others to follow. Good luck with the new job!

  3. Congratulations! I don’t comment much here but I do read periodically and I know how hard you’ve been working to land a new job. I’m so glad you have one — and even more glad that you were in a financial position to weather a period of unemployment. Good luck with the new gig!

  4. YAY!!!!!!! Terrific news, Brian. And I am so glad for you guys that your debt was gone and your e-fund was built up before the layoff. What a relief!! What’s extra cool is that you got to tell your kids that it was all okay because of your family’s hard work and sacrifice. What a valuable lesson you’ve taught them!

    1. Thanks Laurie. I certainly wish it never happen, but it was a great lesson for our children to witness. Something I’m sure they will take with them the rest of their lives.

  5. It’s always interesting to move into a new phase in one’s life. My experience has always been that I get opportunities to engage with new people, explore different opportunities and challenge myself in new ways. Best of luck on your continued journey through this thing we call life.

  6. Great wisdom on many fronts, but especially on presenting solutions and problems. I had one such conversation with the director of my area on Friday. His response, “I think your solution is completely off-base, but at least you tried something. I’ll try to brainstorm some other things for you to try.”

  7. Great post Brian! My company announced ~3,000 layoffs during the next 2 years which has left me a little worried. Thankfully we also paid off all our debt a few months ago but now we have the tedious task of building up our emergency fund to the 6 month mark. As my Dad always says, “you’re only as secure as your ability to land the next job.”

  8. Congrats, Brian! Not only on the new position….but also on having the ability to survive an “income outage” through the building of your emergency fund! Glad to hear you’ve landed! 🙂

  9. I too was left alone after a 20+ year relationship. It sucks, period. Few things are more jarring than a massive life change that leaves your heart exposed and broken. Take time for yourself and know that happiness is in your future. I wish you the best in your new venture. Be blessed.

    1. Thanks Laura Beth. This was only a employer-employee relationship. My family had my back through the process which was a great thing.

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