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11/26/11
Holiday seasons. Take time to proactively communicate and reciprocate
Filed under: Networking, Mentoring, First Year on Job, Leadership, Mature professionals, Post-docs, Legal matters, Undergraduate majors
Posted by: site admin @ 2:31 pm

It is the holiday season.  It can be a time of family gatherings,
social gatherings with friends and co-workers, even some
momentous concerts and holiday events.  This can be a
stressful time for people, too.  The fragile economic recovery
can also have setbacks that can affect some of us.

Those who are employed can take a moment and keep in
touch with their networks.  Let them know how you are doing
and if you may need some help in 2012.  If you are in a growing
company that is hiring, or know of one, share the information.

This past week, a few [dozen] people sent short holiday greetings.
Each was nice.  A couple reported nice progress.  In my responses
I asked for a quick status.  While it might seem burdensome, it is
not.  In fact it is an opportunity…use it.

A couple of folks reported successful campaigns and
promotions and international travel.  The stories that go with
them are quite nice and insightful.  Share them.

Those looking for employment, report on what has worked in
getting interviews and how the interviews have gone with your
networks, and especially with your references.  Holiday seasons
are great times for communications.
Re-state your updated goals with your network.  Who knows
something may click.

There are two very important other classes of people.  One
is a group who have received less glowing reviews at work
recently.  Whether it is in a growing company or one challenged
by the economy or competition.  Don’t wait for the second
shoe to fall.  Start looking for a new position now!  Start
proactively learning new skills, exploring where you might be
able to move to next, and networking.  Ask people if you
can information interview, share insights, get together over
the holidays, even review your resume. 

Over the years, I have personally involved in experiences
where people keep their nose to the grindstone and don’t
look up and notice all the people leaving.  Notice if the
holiday party is cut back or eliminated.  It is saying funds
are limited and belt tightening is serious.  Jobs are likely
in jeopardy, too.

The second group is those who have been or will be
recently laid off.  Try to understand the common law
practices about signing up for unemployment.  Learn
what laws may apply for you (green card, immigration,
part time work, consulting and others).  Read your
employment handbooks, speak to people who have left
and trusted mentors.  Have a game plan about what
you will do if you are severed.  SKLOVER RESOURCE
CENTER 5, 6

Increase your Internet presence, sign up with linkedin.com
attend events, have business cards ready to hand out.
Follow up on introductions.  Contact your mentors.
Use the holiday season to communicate.

I read enough stories about unexpected lay-offs…They
are sad.  People need to learn to have their antennas
raised up, have situations on their radar screens and
action plans formulated on what they will do next.

 

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