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07/23/08
Mid-career. Lay-offs more common
Filed under: Position Searching, Networking, Mentoring, Mature professionals, Technicians
Posted by: site admin @ 11:04 am

Is it fair to say that two trends remain strong
whether we like them or not–
1  employment is not as permanent as it
once was and
2  despite recent successes nearly anyone can be let go
from a firm.

Add to this, you should always stay alert to
trends within your company and industry that
can affect you.  They may not happen right
away, but signals are being given.

Notice if a “chain-saw consultant” or manager
comes in. (someone brought in to contain
costs by cutting people and projects)
Look for “bozo explosions” (rapid increase
in less than competent employees while
skilled and valued people leave)…
from ‘Bizzwords’ by Gregory Bergman.

These are situations where one might refer
back to two posts– one about updating
your resume
and the second about always
being prepared for lay-offs.  Especially,
locate Pam Skillings blog item about being
prepared.

Erin Chambers talked about career turning
points in a WSJ article today.  While all her
points are valid, and I will highlight the leading
ones, DON’T GET CAUGHT SURPRISED.

Take immediate steps while working by
EXPANDing YOUR NETWORK and developing
mentors.  When a project is completed,
get a nice letter written to your file or keep
a hard copy of notices and awards.
Keep a good history of your accomplishments.

As Erin points out, when the lay-off happens,

control your emotional response and

confirm the departure and severance arrangements

use your good relations to extend using resources
   explore outplacement services
   send final emails and note where you can be
contacted in the future (email, phone)

define your unemployment situation, learn from
others what they have experienced and plan your
unemployment strategy
  what are you going to do on the first day, week
  what will you learn
  who will you contact– network, mentors, alumni,
professional societies.

Understand the nature and value of excellent
references to not only put you over the top,
but also to get you in the door for
consideration.

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