You got fired, laid off, let go, ________. You fill in the blank. Basically put in a position that makes you scratch your head and wonder what the f&@k to do next.

This was me a month ago. Let’s break it down.

1. Evaluate the situation.

Be honest with yourself. Did you see it coming? Typically before a layoff work might be slow. Before the fire you may have lit the spark. Say you were blindsided for argument’s sake, well now is the time to evaluate. Were you happy at this job? Did it align with your goals, or was it just a means to an end and didn’t provide much substance to your life? Think about it and be real with yourself. Now is the time to seek for opportunities that really align with your passions or purpose. And if this opportunity was all of those things to you, well hey you got the experience under your belt and now you can GO BIG OR GO HOME. Seek out new opportunities in the same field, take a leap of faith and start your own business, or take off some time to really find what it is that you want for your life and career. This isn’t the end, you are not a failure, and it’s just the universe doing you a favor because it knows when your life is stagnant and you need to step the F up and make a change.

2. Play with Priority Shifting.

For the longest time I’ve been on the hunt for the Unicorn Gig. You know, the one that pays six figures a year, allows me to work from home, entails projects that I thoroughly enjoy, doesn’t involve any traffic on my way to onsite meetings, has a badass company culture, and at the core stands for everything my morals, blood, sweat, and tears function for. Despite how hard this perfect package seems to obtain, it is not impossible, and with the right mindset and effort can and will come into fruition at the right time. However, if you are in a crunch to be back in Employed Land as soon as possible, it might be time for some priority shifting. Not to be mistaken with settling. No, it’s simply figuring out which of those in your list are most important to you at this point in time of your life. I know that for me, I was constantly putting salary or pay above any other of my wish list items because I believed money to be the most important factor to achieving other things I wanted in my life. Well, I got what I wished for but in return found my work to be a snooze. And I was spending the bulk of my time at the job anyway, so was I really enjoying myself with “all the extra money” I was making? Zzzzz.

So this time around, I shifted some of those desires I had. A flexible schedule and fulfilling work that pushes me to be my highest creative self was starting to look much prettier than the cushiony salary I was receiving in my previous role. Just know this: if it’s money that scares you, because it scares us all at some point in our lives whether we like to admit it or not, just know that the money can and will come into your life regardless. So you might as well sacrifice a higher salary for an exciting opportunity, because those opportunities that light your soul on fire don’t come around often enough! There are plenty ways (a plethora, mind you!) to make money in this world. You will make as much as you intend to; it doesn’t have to come from a single source. Besides, our happiness is measured and influenced by things other than money. I know, who would have thought up that crazy concept?!

3. Seek Out New Opportunities Every Day. Every Day.

You read that right. Don’t get lazy now. Seek out new opportunities on job boards, walk into businesses that interest you and inquire their hiring status, reach out via email to companies, check out the social media of businesses that interest you (many times they will post links or pictures that state they are hiring), hell even ask friends and family if their workplaces are hiring. Make it your goal to apply to at least one opportunity every day. You can’t get hired if you aren’t putting yourself out there and making an effort! I’ll be honest, I never stop looking. I don’t care if I was hired yesterday, my eyes are always astray. Why? Because you have to keep yourself open to opportunities that may fulfill you more than the last one. No one can punish you for looking.

Being open-minded and practicing these behaviors will only get your closer to your end goal, your Unicorn Gig. Unicorns may not, but Unicorn Gigs DO EXIST. It takes patience, persistence, and constantly re-evaluating and priority shifting. One day you will not have to priority shift; it will all be there. The Unicorn Gig will be just-groomed, sitting promptly under nature’s beautiful beam of light, shouting “There you are!” once the universe knows you are ready for it. So get ready. Yo layoff don’t mean ish.


Cover photo credit to Gratisography. (Love his work, and you will too.)

Nicolette Shasky

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Nicolette Shasky is a creative soul with a specialty in visual storytelling and creative design. She currently works as a Senior Visual Designer at eLearning Mind in San Diego, California.


  1. Michael Galarnyk says:

    I really agree with “Seek Out New Opportunities Every Day. Every Day”. So many people reach out to me over linkedin and such and they ask how to get that job. Come to find out they aren’t looking on a daily basis. I will send them over to your blog to give them an idea of how to go about things.

    • nicoletteshasky says:

      Thanks Michael! I’m glad you agree, it’s always a good idea to keep your eyes peeled on new opportunities. You never know what you might miss out on otherwise!

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