Since April 2012 I have been unemployed. I thought that I would find something rather quickly. Silly girl! Fast forward a year later and I was still unemployed, with no prospects.
A friend of mine had told me about a recruiter named Abby Kohut (known as Absolutely Abby), who has made it her mission to help unemployed people get back to work. She teaches them what recruiters are looking for and some mistakes people make that get them immediately put aside. I signed up for her mailing list and received an invitation to a webinar she was presenting one night. It was about how to turn being overqualified into being “Absolutely Qualified”. Since I have a lot of different experiences in my work history, I knew this was part of my problem, and decided to listen in.
Listening to her speak, I could tell she knew her stuff. By the end of the webinar, I had pages of notes to go through. When she mentioned that she did one-on-one consultations, I knew I had to speak with her. I contacted her about the details, talked it over with Jay, and booked shortly after. I immediately sent her my resume and cover letter. I couldn’t wait for her insight.
When Abby called, I was nervous. I was expecting a stuffy, interview feel to the call. I was pleasantly surprised because the conversation was easy and fun. Abby is a pleasure to talk with. I went over my work history with her. She uncovered what I liked and didn’t like about my former positions. She asked me if I ever thought about opening up my own business and becoming a virtual assistant. The funny thing was, I had been thinking about that for about a year! We talked for a little over an hour, coming up with ideas, planning, and enjoying a great conversation.
I pondered our conversation for a while. After all, I still had unemployment and I didn’t really want to mess with it, plus I was still applying for jobs. I started researching this type of business and talking with some experts. I took some webinars to educate myself on this industry. Then, in July, I received a notice from unemployment. They were terminating Tier 4 – and I didn’t make the cut.
At that point, Jay & I both knew it was meant to be that I open my business. When you think you have time, you can flounder. But when time is running out, you get a fire under you and get things done. By mid-August, Emerald Support Services, LLC was born!
I am still getting the hang of it, but I know this is what I am supposed to be doing. I help people have more time to do what they love. I am a virtual Business Manager/Social Media manager who specializes in operations management and business development. All of my past experiences rolled into one position that is perfect for me!
I don’t consider myself a risk-taker. This is probably the biggest risk I have taken in my life. But I know the reward is well worth it.
What is the biggest risk you have taken? How did it turn out?