Continually Upgrade Your Skills
Employers today are less willing to retrain
employees when their skills are no longer needed. It is your responsibility to
seek additional training and learning opportunities both within and outside the
organization. Create a self-development plan each year outlining how you are
going to upgrade your skills.
Network Within the Organization
During layoffs, many organizations encourage
employees to look for jobs within the organization. If, however, you do not
have a strong network of colleagues and friends in other departments, the
chances of you landing another position within your organization are poor. Get
involved in cross departmental committees, participate in company activities
such as fund raisers, and make it your business to meet the right people in
other parts of the company.
Network Outside of the Organization
Become an active member of at least one
professional association in your field. This will help you keep abreast of the
latest developments. More importantly, you will be able to meet people in other
companies who may know of jobs if you are laid off.
Continually Provide Value
Constantly improve your resume by amassing
accomplishments. The three ways of doing this are: 1) Helping your organization
make money; 2) Helping your organization save money; and 3) Developing
something new that would not have existed without you. If you are not providing
value to your current organization, your days are numbered and your
marketability is low.
Always Be Looking for Greener Pastures
No matter how much you enjoy your job and your
organization, you should always have an eye out for other opportunities. Always
keep your resume up-to-date. Make certain that the leading executive search
firms in your field know who you are and why you are special. Continually ask
colleagues in other organizations how they feel about their company and what
opportunities exist there.
Practice Searching for a Job
Preparing your resume, dealing with search firms,
networking, and job interviewing are skills that must be part of your
repertoire. To wait until you are unemployed to learn these skills is career
suicide. Practice makes perfect.
Don't Be Complacent
Through no fault of your own, today could be your
last day at your current job. In today's turbulent economy, anything can
happen. The key is to be prepared.