I was a baby lawyer, just one year out of law school, returning to my office after a hearing and there was a U-Haul trailer backed up to the entrance of my building. Moving guys with banker boxes loaded onto dollies blocked my path into my office, and I stepped around them to get in. I immediately noticed empty bookshelves, open file cabinets, and worried looks on the faces of my coworkers.
Something bad had happened.
I walked into my own office and surveyed my surroundings. Only one case file remained of the 35 files I managed during my first year of practicing law. I turned to see my boss standing in the doorway.
“Sorry about this, kiddo. I really am. We’re going to have to let you go. We’re letting just about everyone go.”
Stunned, I sat down, head swimming, thinking of car payments and rent and groceries, and how to begin the search for a new job. I barely heard his explanation that our biggest, pretty much only, client decided to hire a different firm and we lost all their business. I just zeroed in on the part where I just lost my job.
At 27 years old, that was the first time I would experience the unexpected loss of a job and be forced to look for a new one. Luckily, I had a good network of classmates and alums of my law school and was working within a week, but the prospect of finding something new was definitely a daunting one.
I’ve also been on the other side of that experience, having to tell someone they no longer have a job. I know it’s never an easy conversation, even when you’re dealing with an employee that isn’t a great fit for your company. Naturally, you don’t want them to stress or struggle even when parting ways is necessary.
Being on both sides of this coin gives me a unique perspective when helping professionals who’ve recently lost jobs, and with clients who want to help their severed employees transition into the job search market. At Joseph Chris Partners, we offer services for both in the form of Executive Coaching for those professionals looking to reenter the job market, and Career Transitions for those companies who want to help their former employees prepare for their own job search.
Both options offer several levels of service, tailored to the needs and budget of either the professional or the company, and we offer free consultations for you to determine which level is right for you.
If you want to learn more, just give us a call and we’ll be happy to talk with you about how we can help you or your company.
Things worked out for the best for me after that fateful day when the U-Haul blocked my office door. I went on to work at a litigation boutique with some amazing and talented people in a firm that was by far my favorite in my 13 years of practicing law. So even when news of a job change makes your next steps in your professional life uncertain, something incredible could be waiting for you just around the corner. Don’t be afraid to step around the things in your way and open the door to the new opportunities.