If the writing on the proverbial wall indicates your current position is in jeopardy, then sitting still and doing nothing is generally the best way to invite job-loss anxiety into your future.
Examples that threaten job security include:
1. Your company is in divestiture mode and/or may be acquired by another company where someone holds a similar, or the same, role as you do. In this case, your position may be considered redundant, and if you are unable to find another need to fill, you could be the next employee out the exit door.
2. Your industry is on the decline. As in the case of the newspaper industry, where the explosion of the Internet and a completely new definition of ‘free press’ upended an industry, other industries often find themselves outcompeted and displaced by innovation and technology. When this happens, positions are cut. Will yours be next on the chopping block?
3. Your performance is on the decline. If you have done everything you can to ensure a positive performance review and maintain optimum job productivity, yet you’re still unable to meet productivity expectations, you may want to get your career house in order. Whether it’s just not the job fit for you or the corporate culture is hampering your ability to perform as you know you can elsewhere, consider the possibility that your job at this company may be in jeopardy.
So, what are a few things you can do, today, to begin empowering yourself and infusing your career with hope and possibility for the future?
1. Talk to a mentor or friend (or even hire a career strategist) who is not only trustworthy, but who also understands the job market. Begin addressing your feelings and coagulating your thoughts with someone who can help you sort through next steps.
Continue reading here: “Think You Might Lose Your Job? Here Are 5 Things to Do Today.”
Copyright: Jacqui Barrett-Poindexter, President, CareerTrend.net
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