Some of our contacts and colleagues have been kind enough to contribute their thoughts to a paper we’ve written, on career management during this crazy economy. They’re folks who have been “merged and purged” at least once, and several of them, multiple times. Some of them are professionals who give career advice for a living. The most interesting thing we’ve been noticing is that much of the advice we’ve received could be gelled down to this: your career future is in your own hands.
Now you’d think this was simply common sense. That we should all realize by now that it’s a bad idea to let someone else hold the reins that control your livelihood. Yet whenever we show up at an industry networking type meeting, here’s what we see: smart, supposedly motivated individuals, coming out and shaking hands, meeting-and-greeting, and engaging because they’re afraid. Their company has been taken over. Or they’re already out of work. Or they don’t know when or where the axe will fall. Where were they last month, or last year?
The fact is, when times are good, people tend to forget lessons they have already learned. They take on ever-increasing commitments, without carving out some space to manage their work strategy. They forget to let their loyal customers and colleagues know about all the things they are able to do. They forget to “toot their own horn”. So we’re here to offer a little reminder. Make a plan. Work toward your goals. Remind people why you’re smart, useful, valuable, and valid. And after your career takes its next great leap forward, don’t stop.
If you’d like to know more about the great advice we’ve received, click here.
Looking to the future,
Megann & Steve