These are uncertain times, and we have no idea what will happen to the economy when things go back to “normal.” If you have been laid off, or think a layoff is coming, there are things you can be doing to prepare for the upturn.
1. Find out how you will fare with references
Ask your manager how you have been doing, performance wise. This can be difficult to hear but it's better to be prepared than caught off guard. If you're doing well, ask what in particular stands out.
2. Review and record your career achievements
Hindsight is not always 20/20. It is sooooo much easier to keep track of achievements with a career journal. Do you remember...
Your top 1-2 achievements in the last 5 years for each position?
How can they be measured – saved dollars? time? awards? sales? accolades? customer appreciation?
Do you have the stories of those achievements to back them up?
It’s easier to collect this information while you’re still employed and surrounded by the evidence. Ask for their permission to be a reference and ask for a personal contact number to avoid problems getting in touch if they leave their job.
3. Optimize your resume
Finetune your resume against postings that appeal to you, using keywords as your guide. Take note of any gaps in requirements and look at ways to close the gaps by doing online learning. Take the time to create a killer cover letter.
4. Update your LinkedIn profile
Once your resume is updated, update your LinkedIn profile and picture. Over 90% of recruiters use LinkedIn.
5. Stay connected to friends, colleagues and social media
This is a perfect time to catch up with people who have drifted away as well as those you normally connect with regularly. More than any other time, they are sure to welcome your call! Remember to pay extra attention to people who you can help. Kindness and generosity of spirit are at the heart of connection.
6. Consider a career change
If you have been considering a different direction, but feeling a bit too comfortable, this is the time to explore other options. Research what you need to do to make it happen. Then take the first step.
Sandie convinced her mother at the age of two that a set of books would make her much happier than a tricycle. Then came diaries, school projects and heartfelt poetry - a writer was born. Reading and writing have been constant and faithful lovers ever since. This blog is an attempt to release some of the fleeting thoughts and crazy ideas in a place that may become another form of diary, but this time, one that talks back! Would love to hear from anyone who is inspired to rebut, dig further, validate or in any way comment on what has been written.