Guest blogger Lisa Rangel is an Executive Resume Writer at Chameleon Resumes, a Forbes Top 100 Career Website. She is also the LinkedIn Premium Career Group Moderator and has been featured on Fast Company, CNBC, Newsweek, Mashable, Time Money, Inc., Business Insider, BBC Capital, Chicago Tribune, and more. For further assistance, Lisa’s new website, Executive Job Security, is available at http://executivejobsecurity.com.
We live in an increasingly interconnected world. Innovation and technological advances have made our lives easier, yet with every natural disaster, political shift, or industry disruption–each with a global rippling effect–it can be difficult to feel a sense of stability. The ever-changing landscape can also make it difficult to stay employed in an unstable world. As a result, it is important that we redefine job stability, moving from having a stable job to instead seeking continuous employment.
Natural Disasters, Brexit, Brazilian economy, Trump, Euro currency instability, African Economic Outlook and more. Up. Down. Way up, way down. Action. Reaction. Reaction to the reaction. Whatever one’s economic or political beliefs, it is evident that today’s world is unpredictable. Some might even say it’s unstable. When things are good, they can change suddenly or subtly to challenging – and when conditions are bad, it feels like it can last forever. Nothing is static for anyone.
A government move in India can affect workers in the US, and vice-versa. A business decision in the US can affect businesses globally – positively or negatively. An initiative in South America can affect supply/demand for certain industries in Asia. We are an interconnected world and its flux affects us all – sometimes good and sometimes bad.
So how is one to stay continuously employed in an unstable world? How can an earnest, committed, talented person maintain a stable job in the face of global economic instability?
Easy! In our modern, global economy, job stability needs to be redefined as taking the steps to ensure that you always have a job - not simply staying in the same job for a long period of time. So, the first step towards achieving career stability is to accept that you can’t have a stable job, but you can have stable, continuous employment.
A job is one job. Thinking it is going to last forever is unrealistic. It’s a mindset that sets you up for disappointment and economic instability. You can’t control whether or not your job is going to be continuous, but you have control over making sure your employment is stable. Let’s break it down further.
Consider employment as simply getting a paycheck. It may be from one job over ten years. It may be from three jobs over ten years. The goal is to take action to be continuously employed. The mistake many people make is that they think they have to remain employed at the same job for job stability. Not true! You can’t control how long you stay in a job, but you have a better chance at ensuring you are always employable, which increases your chances at always having a job. You have to be responsible for you. It is your responsibility to ensure you are always employable for as long as you want to work. Because, basically, no one owes you a job and no company owes you steady employment – Period! And while this is important for everyone, it is especially important when you make six figures, given that six-figure jobs are harder to find than five-figure ones.
How do you start to ensure you are always employable? Here are some tips:
● Create demand for what you do. When you do create this demand, make sure you factually document your wins and share these wins in the right venues to remind your employer and their competitors that you rock and are at the top of your game.
● Update your resume. Update your resume with your achievements using achievement-based bullets and always have a document that provides evidence of your wins and your skills ready to share anytime.
● Leverage your current status. By leveraging the peculiarities of the current job market to stand out from the competition and access the hidden job market, you don’t leave your personal marketing to chance. Stay ahead of your competition by keeping your resume updated and learn how to do it right from the start. Continuous employment is about consistently attracting attention and organically building your network – whether you’re actively looking for a new job or not.
● Expand your network. Work one-on-one with your executive coach to craft the kind of messaging that is going to organically grow your professional network. Marketing yourself is no different from marketing a product or service. You’ll learn how to share your strengths and critical skills and best use these to obtain job stability.
● Take advantage of slow periods near the holidays. Identify those times of the year when most job seekers are not active. With the diminished noise, this is your chance to stand out from the crowd. Learn how to use the holiday season as a way to connect and reconnect with people. Strategize your campaign now so that you’re not caught in the last-minute rush.
● Create a custom 30/60/90 day action plan. Develop the kind of novel, innovative, and successful tactics that can only come from close collaboration with a seasoned career professional – one that has taken the time to understand your unique story and your career goals. Then dig deep and develop an action plan specific to you and the employment you are seeking.
● Attract attention on LinkedIn. Use LinkedIn as a networking tool by promoting your company, your skills, and your wins. Update your LinkedIn profile and start to build a presence through regular targeted activity. Build relationships and continually connect with those who you know and others who might assist in your job search. Be active, but don’t be a pest. No one wants to hire someone who is spamming them too much.
● Seek out promotion and performance review coaching. If you had a performance review tomorrow, would you land a raise? If your bonus is performance based, then you need to make sure you are hitting your performance expectations and documenting all of it. Approach your direct manager to discuss how to know what you’re being measured on, and how to exceed those expectations. Then go out and continually do more of these right things.