Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Countdown to Unemployment

I agree that by using that title, it can seemingly mark me as a pessimist which I am not. It's only stating a fact that is true at the moment of this writing. I guess you could describe me as an 'optimistic realist.' I know the realities of life but choose to look at them in an optimistic way. I refuse to sugar coat. 

Last Friday, the company I work for made an announcement that at the end of this month, they are shutting down. Long story short, 20+ of us are looking for jobs. From a legal standpoint, I can't speak directly on the conditions but I can refer you to the press release

[If anyone is hiring or knows someone who is, here are the positions that my colleagues have recently just held]
  • Executive Producer
  • Producer
  • Associate Producer
  • Community Manager
  • Public Relations
  • Assignment Editor
  • Reporter/Journalist
  • Booker
  • Photographer/Videographer
  • Editor
  • Online Content Manager
  • Media Manager

[Contact me and I'd be happy to pass along their information.]

I'm coming to grips with the idea that everything I do this month could be the last time I do it. If we have to move, I won't be able to enjoy even the little things I've come to experience on a daily basis.
  • Getting on the bus and using public transportation.
  • Reading or even napping while commuting on the Metro into DC. 
  • Running along the Potomac River.
  • Having the ability to visit museums on my lunch break. 
  • Being two hours from family

More realizations present themselves each day. 

My lesson from this is to never take things for granted. Make an effort right now to take advantage of your situation no matter what it is. Someone out there would love to trade you for it and chances are you'll miss it when you leave. 

Back to the main topic at hand, I'm looking for a job. 

This is the first public announcement I've made though I have told a few individuals that I knew I could draw support from. 

The responses I received have been incredible with people offering to help find me a job as well as provide prayer and thoughts. Some of these people only know me in the online world and even though we've never met in person, that didn't stop them from connecting on LinkedIn or helping in the search. 

I feel, in a word, humbled

Right now is when it's easy to feel as if 'the world is over' but I know there is more at work than I can see. Everything happens for a reason and something good will come out of this. 

This will not slow me down.

If you want to connect with me, be sure to hit me up on any of the networks below or even email me at mikepetrucci [at] gmail [dot] com

I look forward to bringing you good news soon.

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big Mama said...

I'm proud of you! Great attitude! Praying for you through this adventure. I want to hire you to be my 1:1 personal assistant.

Shawn H said...

Not sure what would be harder - knowing you had a month to go or what happened to me - abruptly told my position was eliminated. Been struggling going from a calendar full of events, projects, due dates, etc. to ZERO. But you are right, LOTS of people have stepped up and helped or said an encouraging word exactly when I needed it. And God has spoken to us through those people, your father's sermons, worship songs, timely emails or "verse of the days." God reminds me daily that it is all part of His plan and I am trying not to be a grumbling Israelite. Some days are hard waiting but I recently heard that waiting for God is not wasting time. So I do what I can with the knowledge that God will open the doors I need to go through and close the doors I shouldn't - as long as I pay attention. Won't be the first time that God will create something out of nothing...