What is job security, anyway? Whether you think you’ll find it from an employer or from owning your own business, realize you have work to do! You can’t ignore some basics. I’m not talking about the simple “do-it-once” answers like get a good education. I’m talking about stuff to do daily like working on your personal brand and networking. Seriously, I’m fired up about this! Why? Check out an e-mail from a buddy in Pennsylvania who just got laid off:
[I was] relatively surprised. I thought we were moving forward, but apparently not in the direction that my management wanted. The boss who hired me was fired about 3 months ago and her boss had kind of been after me (my former boss and I were on the same page…). When he recently restructured the department, I think he sent the message to my new boss that he wanted to see some changes. This after I was killing myself with 60-70 hour weeks and trying to provide all the info they wanted. Oh well…there will be something else out there I hope.
I met Dave last year after he started using JibberJobber for his job search. I remember getting the e-mail that he got a dream job, at an awesome company! I was so happy for him (after all, he didn’t something I wasn’t able to do – get a job :))!! And just a few months later, after “killing himself with 60-70 hour weeks” he’s out on the street, looking again.
Look folks, here’s the deal. There is no job security! YOU need to take care of your career, not just your job! Do you find yourself doing any career stuff, outside of your job? Don’t have time? Fine – you’ll have plenty of time since a job search can take so long. Trust me, start doing a little every day, and it will add up. Do not wait until you are terminated to get moving. A little big-picture career stuff every day will go a long way.
I asked Dave what he learned from this experience – here’s what he wants to share with us:
- Even though your research shows the company with sound results, spend extra time in your interview to understand the real drivers. In my case, cash was very tight. The expectations were for each month to be like a quarter end. All the “testimony” about being a highly regarded company to work for, went out the window in the push for cash.
- Try to understand the political drivers as well as you can. The person who hired me was gone in 3 months. Unfortunately, I was connected with this individual and the future became the past pretty quickly.
- Don’t underestimate how fast things can change these days. Reorganizations are occurring within 6 months at this time…what seems like a “secure” position can become very shaky, very quickly.
- Remain optimistic, no matter what. I am looking at this as a good thing. It helps you grow and helps you to understand what is really important to you (balance in life vs. career, etc.)
I can’t say it better or different. Now, if any of you know of a position for a supply chain expert in Pennsylvania shoot me an e-mail (Jason at JibberJobber dot com), I’ll forward it on to him.
And spend at least 5 minutes today doing something for your career.