Saturday June 12, 2010 08:23

Gainfully Employed!

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by Jodi McLean

As an update to my employment saga, I am now a full-time employee!  In case you haven’t been following this blog, I lost my job in March.  I had been with the same company for 11 years.  I’ve been “gigging” for 3 months – taking part-time jobs, 1-3 day production gigs, etc. to pay my bills while I looked for my next big thing.  I really tried to use that time to explore what’s out there, to try new things, to meet new people.  I did all of that and gained some really valuable experience, plus made some phenomenal contacts!!  I feel that losing my job was one of those pivotal “meant-to-be” moments.   It forced me to venture out and find the job that I love.  I think I’ve found it.

Without getting into too much detail (as the new company hasn’t officially been announced) I am working with some of my favorite people again!  People from my past whom I have admired for their positivity and proactivity.  I think this will be a really igniting atmosphere for me.  I am creative and inspired again, and look forward to an exciting future full of possibilites!  I forgot what that felt like the last few years. 

So, for those who are unemployed, there is hope!  And I tell you, there ARE jobs out there.  In the 3+ months that I was unemployed, I only claimed one full week of unemployment.  I was not at all ashamed to call on people that I know to help me.  I let everybody know that I was available and willing to work, and I told them repeatedly so that my name would be the first one they thought of when they heard of an opportunity.  It worked!  I took on a lot of little jobs, some of which I had little-to-no experience in, and ultimately this new company called on ME to interview!   I interviewed that same day and we were negotiating the next.   Just be willing to think creatively.  This is your future.  Don’t wait for your perfect future to come to you, because it won’t.  You have to be hungry for it and you have to actively pursue it.  And you have to believe in it – all of it.  Your worth, your right to do what you love.

Hopefully soon I can post new video content for you – things that we are developing for the web over the next few months.  I’ve never helped to launch a new company before, and from what I hear, it is so much fun!   It will be a lot of work, but it will be a labor of love as we develop something that we are proud to present to the world.   Stay tuned for more…

Below are a few of my past blog links so you can follow my job search to see what I’ve done to finally land a fabulous full-time career.  You can do it!

I am an Unemployed Blogger!

Working at The Most Magical Place on Earth

New Job Prospect

New Job/ Dream Job/ ANY Job!

I’m Freee!  And Employed! (this week…)

How to Get a Better Job in Today’s Market

My First National TV Commercial!

My Second National TV Commercial

Gigonomics – Get Giggy With It! (Video Post)

GIGONOMICS:  Be a Gigger Like Me!

GIGONOMICS:  The Dark Side of Gigging


2 Responses to Gainfully Employed!


William Shapton

June 12th, 2010 at 12:56 pm

Congratulations, Jodi!! I had no idea you were without a job. And so glad you found “it”. I look forward to hearing more about “it”! XOXO William. :)



June 12th, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Congratulations Jodi! This was so inspiring to read, and just what I needed to hear. Sounds exciting for you and I wish you the best in your new venture.

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