As many of you know, one of my claims to fame is that I’ve been laid off/ fired four times. In the “olden” days, this fact wasn’t something I’d flaunt. However, I decided several years ago to make it work for me because times have changed. Being unemployed from time to time has taught me about options....
- Stay current with technology....make it your mission to at least know what the latest technology and applications are. Commit to learning how they can help you become a better communicator. Understand how technology can increase your visibility. What can you create online that will educate and benefits others and educate them about your talents and skills i.e. giving better presentations, delivering better customer service, developing new business income streams.
- Establish multiple income streams....more than one income stream is the normal starting now.Since full-time positions are becoming scarcer, it’s up to you to figure out how to fill that void. Author Dan Pink talks about “free agency” in his book “Free Agent Nation”. We are all becoming free agents or independent contractors. What this means is that understanding that the chances of you being laid-off or fired have greatly increased and you want to have a back-up plan to replace the income. It doesn’t mean you don’t keep looking for a full-time job....it means you keep your options open by getting experience as an independent contractor while you’re working in your present job....you take on gigs on the side.
- Become a resource in the marketplace....brand yourself as a resource for your current customers and contacts. Write a blog once a week and share your experiences. Begin to craft your expertise in a way that industry leaders and recruiters see it.
- Build your network daily....please don’t neglect your network. A strong network offers options because you know the career trends, who’s hiring, where career opportunities are, who the movers and shakers are. Your network provides you feedback on what’s happening in the marketplace. You want to have a dynamic network ready to help you when you need it. It’s up to you to develop your contacts.