Before today, there were lots of things that had never happened to me. Today, I can no longer say that I’ve never been downsized.
The company that I worked for had to let go of a significant amount of its workforce in order to make through these very difficult economic times. There were signs of this happening for a few months and I can’t say I was surprised. People in marketing rarely have much job security…they’re often the first to go when a company experiences a downturn.
I’m actually feeling OK. Back when I made the decision to move from Perceptive Software to SunBridge Capital, I was excited to make a change. If someone can be excited about getting laid off, it’s me.
Truth is, I never really unpacked my bags. Sure, I accomplished plenty in my two years, but I found myself in a situation where I wasn’t particularly inspired by the work I was doing. Was I making the world a better place? It’s not a commentary on the company…it was a good enough company who is just trying to survive.
I can see lots of good in this. I’m not sure that anyone is going to be hiring before the end of the year, but I’ll certainly be on the lookout. I’m taking Derek Powazek’sÂ advice I saw on Twitter yesterday in response to the folks that got let go at Yahoo:
Dear Yahoo firedlings, take it from someone who’s been “let go” more than once: it’s always led to something better. Go forth and kick ass.
I know that something good will come of this. Sure, my hand has been forced, but I’m not worried.
So attention potential-employers!
I’ve been a marketer for my entire career and have held jobs that have involved everything from writing features and case studies to planning a trade show schedule of 80+ events annually. I’ve been a print designer, web designer, and interactive designer. I know the web and social media. I’ve marketed software and I’ve marketed financial products. I’ve designed logos, websites, brochures, booklets, and more.
I’m an agile worker who can easily adapt to many different situations. When I was hired at Perceptive Software in 2000, there were 18 employees. When I left in 2006, there were over 300. Working in a growing organization like that, I was asked to wear a lot of hats. That experience blessed me with a diverse skill set that I feel I can apply to any situation.
If you’re interested in hiring me, check out my resume and portfolio here.