One of the few upsides of this economic downturn is that if you have lost your job you know you are not alone. One alumna in this situation is Tracy Anello ’92, who is making lemonade out of the lemons this economy has given her.
After working for over five years at Manpower Global Headquarters in various roles, most recently managing a team of writers as Manager of Proposals, Tracy’s position was eliminated after a wave of downsizing last December. Fortunately she was afforded an opportunity for Outplacement services through Manpower subsidiary Right Management, which helped her to understand the current job market and tackle it with a new set of objectives. Tracy’s main focus has been networking, and she turns to sites such as Linkedin, as well as her own list of contacts, to see who she knows that could refer or recommend her for a posted job. When asked what advice she would give others who've been downsized she replied, “Don’t panic! Take time to get to know who you are and what you really want to do – a job loss may be a gift of time to STOP and evaluate. Have a plan and work the plan every day! Network, network, network...and when you’re done, network some more!”
Along with her current job search, Tracy has her own company, Tracy Anello LLC (www.tracyanello.com), which formed in late 2008 based on an idea that had been developing since 2004. Her focus is helping very small entrepreneurs through Executive Coaching, building Business Plans, Marketing Materials, and Operational Models.
Tracy offered this information about how an Alverno education has benefited her: “I think that my Alverno experience has helped me in EVERY aspect of my life – it has been a framework for me to process information, communicate effectively with people of diverse backgrounds, and it has given me a way to see the connections between all of my experiences and how I interact with the world.”
In this month of Thanksgiving, I asked Tracy what she was thankful for. “Sounds folksy, but I am grateful to be alive! With the loss of a job comes the loss of many other things...and they are just that: things. What I have and what I am grateful for is my health, my education, my passions and desire to continue to learn and grow, my family and my friends. I'm also grateful for the opportunity to tell your readers a little about who I am, but moreover, how Alverno has in so many ways shaped my life!”