“All jobs are temporary” and the need to be ready to get ahead of a possible lay off – if it’s possible. Being in denial, not paying attention to the warning signs or hoping you are safe can cause you problems. Delaying action to keep you employed may not be a situation you can afford financially or emotionally. You have to be change–ready at all times.
I wanted to keep share an email on this subject and wanted to expand on it.
From Ray Abrishami. He wrote: “….Long periods of employment are to be looked at as exceptions and lucky breaks and not normal patterns to expect. This was not the case 20-25 years ago when I was starting out, but it is very much the case now. , I would humbly suggest continuing education and skill set upgrade that we find necessary to gain in our industry of choice as well as what might be needed if we are forced to change industry and line of work.”
Ray makes a good point about continually upgrading your skills through continuing education and taking on new things at work. You will make yourself more valuable to your company by showing that you possess new capabilities and will be more confident if/when you’re faced with a job search. It’s a good way to stay ready to change quickly.
I’d like to also add another thing that you need to be mindful of and that’s your network. All too often I speak to job seekers who have done almost nothing to keep their network warm much less expand it. As the saying goes “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago or today.” The same is true for your network. If you wait to expand or nurture your network until you need a new job, you will turn into the predatory jerk everyone will want to avoid.
Your network is people and people require the investment of your time and support – before you need them. There is no shortcut to developing the kind of relationship that will give you a highly prized job referral or opportunity. It’s easy to ignore relationships but your next opportunity or job will arrive most of the time (80%) through another person.
Let me recap this:
- Pay attention to lay off warning signs and be ready to kick off a job search – all the time.
- Upgrade your skills and knowledge – all the time.
- Nurture and expand your network – all the time.
Hmmm, sounds like you need to be taking care of your career – all the time!
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