Image via WikipediaSo, you've had the misfortune of getting laid off? Don't worry, this need not be the end of the world for you. Let's look at how this can be made into a positive event!
First, set aside your worries. Now, tell me, what kind of work would you love to be involved in? Is it in the same area as the last job you were holding? Were there other avenues you would have loved to explore, but did not seem lucrative enough or easy enough? Have you got interests and hobbies that require a high level of skill? Are there activities that you are naturally good at?
The happiest people are those that are doing what they like best - and earning their keep in the bargain! Here is an opportunity to join that elite gang - don't fritter away this chance of a lifetime. Get out there and do what you have always dreamed of doing. There are thousands of "non-traditional", "alternative" vocations that are interesting and can be lucrative.
Do you love to write? Maybe you could become a journalist, or even write a book. Start of with a blog on your favourite subject. This will cost you nothing.
Do you have an area of expertise? Register on squidoo and create your page.
Do you love talking to people? May be you can be a RJ or a show host?
Love taking photographs? Interested in wildlife and conservation? Green jobs are happening all over the place. Go find out how you can save the earth.
Love fashion? The vanity industry is one of the few booming industries now. You could design clothes, and jewellery, or you could be a hairdresser, a makeup artist, or whatever they are called these days.
Love to act/model? Go ahead, get your portfolio done. Meet directors and ad agencies.
Good with numbers, have business acumen? Set up a shop, start a business.
Love to cook? Start a restaurant, run a take-away from home, cook and deliver food in your area.
The opportunities are endless. Go ahead, give it a shot - what have you got to lose?