From Furlough to Full Time – Chapter 1

Author: Alice Faile
Contributing Consultant

For the next few posts, we’re going to follow an imaginary person Through the journey from Furlough to Full Time

So, you’ve been let go, laid off, furloughed, fired, terminated – whatever word you use all amounts to the same thing – you are now out of work. And you need to find a full-time position, soon.

What are some of the thoughts that go through your head? 

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  •  Concern (how am I going to pay the bills?)
  •  Annoyance (how come I was let go rather than XXXX?)  
  •  Frustration (I was so close to finishing this huge project?)
  •  Anger (how dare they do that to ME?)
  •  Fear (how will I ever get another job that pays as well, suits my skill set, etc.?)
  •  Sometimes even relief (I knew this was coming so I am glad it is over; I never really liked that job/office anyway; I needed a change and now I HAVE to make one)
  •  Uncertainty (where and how do I start to look for new opportunities – especially during  these times?)

All these are normal feelings and reactions – very similar to those documented in the classic book about the 5 stages of grief called “On Death and Dying” by Elizabeth Kubler-Ross, M.D.

Even though your career didn’t die, that particular chapter did.

As a human being, these emotions may make you need to vent to a partner, a friend, a spouse, or someone else close to you.

careful now, don’t want to blow it

Never vent in public. You don’t know who knows your next boss, and if they hear you speaking badly (even though they’d probably feel the same things were they in your shoes), they may not be willing to help you simply because they don’t totally understand how you feel at that particular moment.

Think of it this way – when is the last time you heard someone whining in public? What did that make you feel? Did you want to help them out? You wanted to get away from them as fast as you could right? Did you feel bad for the person behind the counter, who they were yelling at?

Remember the Golden Rule as you go about your time from furlough to full time.

Also remember that you can’t let the negative thoughts cloud your brain for too long at home, either. A saying I like a lot is: “a sailor can’t change the direction of the wind, but he can change the set of his sails.” I’m also an Abraham Lincoln fan. One of his many insightful sayings is “most folks are about has happy as they make up their minds to be.”

Experience the loss. Mourn it (in private), then move on.

Been there, done that; got the t-shirt

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We at <> have been there and done that. I found myself laid off in October of 2003 after over 16 years from a job that I loved. I hadn’t had to look for a job for about 20 years.

Needless to say, things had changed. Oh yeah, this new thing called the “internet” had grown up (way too) fast in the years between 1990 and 2003, too.

This type of experience is why we are in a unique position to help you work through the dynamics of your career ups and downs. 

Members of our team has over 17 years supporting people that are looking for that next position. We’ve helped everyone from warehouse workers to CxOs go from furlough to full time in those years.

These are common Emotions

When you're confused, you can miss the right tree for the forest when you're going through the furlough to full time period.
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The one thing everyone has in common is – they are concerned about how long it will take to find that next job.  Most cannot see the (right) tree for the forest. The good news is, all indicators show that the job market is picking up steam right now. Many economists say that this growth mode will continue through 2022.

We have experience (both when we were employed and when we were unemployed) helping people change careers, find new positions, or just start fresh. 

We have also developed a series of books and whitepapers that will help you through the steps of finding your next great position.

Contact us at> or email us at <> to learn more about our services.

You can buy our main books and whitepapers here: <>, or by sending us an email to <>.

A career coach will at least provide you with another set of eyes on your job search materials. We can provide you with tips we’ve learned (the hard way), we can be your cheering section.

Point of the post

We’ve written more resumes in the course of a month (around 700 now) than you’ll ever write in your career. We know how to make you and your message stand out from the crowd. Your candidacy needs to be unique to go from furlough to full time!

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