Are you ready if your job ends tomorrow?
Sad to say, for most people even if the thought of losing their job is scary, they are not ready.
Last week I wrote about mergers and acquisitions. At least 50% of the people whose resumes I write were impacted by at least one merger-acquisition in their lifetime.
Often the reason people hire me to help with their job search is they see a merger coming.
— or they didn’t see it coming and their job is already gone.
What are the best three ways to prepare?
Always think that no job is forever. However, the mindset of knowing that it could happen to you shouldn’t fill you with fear.
Rather, recognize you have to be ready.
- Is your resume up-to-date?
- Are you using LinkedIn?
- Have you been expanding and growing your professional network?
What is an updated resume?
This is the next problem. Many people think you just add your most recent job and you are good to go.
Resumes I wrote even 5 years ago don’t use the most current strategies. Job search changes at the speed of light.
I routinely work with executives in the 6-figure market and most of them are not ready either if their job ends tomorrow.
Your resume is a strategic marketing tool. When I design a resume for an individual, we consider where they have been but more importantly we discuss where they want to go. One-size doesn’t fit all. Your resume needs to be value-filled with accomplishments resonating with your specific talents for your next job.