14 October 2008

Some well meaning job loss advice is wrong ...

Lots of sites are starting to dish out ideas about how to handle losing your job. This one in the Washington Post is a good example, suggesting that the best thing to do is to wait until you've lost a job and then "Start the climb back by rebuilding your self-image."

Nice advice, but I think wrong.  Your job is your passport to living the life you want. The resource that enables you to get a job is you, together with all your skills, competencies and experience.   

But the work starts long before you lose a job - and it starts with: 
  • taking an inventory of your skills and capabilities
  • keeping your resume up to date with recent achievements 
  • joining appropriate industry bodies & networks
  • identifying knowledge gaps & planning to fill them
  • participating in networks & forums both online and offline
  • getting to know other people in your industry
If you wait until the moment you lose your job to do all of these things you are at a disadvantage. Even if lucky enough to get a good redundancy payout the negative feelings associated with losing your job still hit with force.  Also you might not have the financial or emotional resources to undertake these activities after a job loss. 

Far better to be prudent and be ready - ready to take advantage of new opportunities as well as dealing with a job loss.  As they say "Always plan ahead. It wasn't raining when Noah built the ark."

[* Richard C. Cushing ]

By Carruthers via Aide-mémoire

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