Thursday, October 22, 2015

Don't Ever Get Comfortable

There is part of me that just wants to leave it there, hit "publish."

No matter what path you choose to follow in life, your career is an important relationship. I always wonder why that relationship is often left to chance.

My advice is pretty vanilla.

Always (Did I say always?) have a plan in place for whats around the corner.

In most cases we don't anticipate it.

"John can I talk to you for a second?"

After a few mumbled "I'm sorry's" and a lotta looking at the floor, you, your box and your career are headed for the parking lot and you feel like someones hit you over the head with a fence post.

No vacation, no new car, no man or woman cave. No addition to the house.

The experts and guru's - most of whom have never faced the situation you find yourself in as you walk towards the car - tell you it is time to grieve, to reflect, to examine your options.Ever try  telling the gas company you are grieving while they are wondering where this months payment is?

Have you ever trained athletically?

Something interrupted the flow and suddenly you aren't training or working out any longer.

In your mind you know you should be but it gets easier and easier NOT TO.

You start most of your sentences with "I used to...."

It's called a comfort zone. ( We are good at creating them!)

Going through an unexpected career transition may be painful and unsettling but after awhile, whether we admit it or not, we become comfortable with the change. It's similar to injuring your knee and knowing that if you turn the wrong way there is going to be some pain.

Why can't we apply the same logic and wisdom to our careers?

Keep your resume current.
This should be SOP for everyone, entrepreneurs, coaches and consultants included. But you know, it's like life insurance, 401k's and wills. Everyone says you are supposed to have one but very few people keep their resume current.

I'm not just talking about updating career moves and accomplishments. If you have not reformatted your resume in the past three years it may be out dated. It's not enough to have the old and reliable vanilla resume. When the unexpected occurs you can do a quick review and begin using it immediately as a career search tool.

Keep Informed
Since 2008 more often than not many people find themselves in a situation where they are living from paycheck to paycheck. Many of their jobs were eliminated or changed.

"It is widely believed that by 2020 as many as 50% of all jobs will be short-term contracts, freelance work and temporary assignments. We know now the average length of service at any one company for Millennials is 2.6 years. But how are we changing our talent management practices to address these facts?" Pamela Harding Next Dimension Media

That is a scary proposition and its only four years away.

What can you do right now to prepare yourself  if you find a sudden career transition puts your income at slightly more than half of what it is today? There are number of strategies - enough to fill an entire blog posting.

Is it time for you to start looking at "other options" before thy look at you.

The internet has given us limitless opportunity to research anything our hearts desire.

What about alternative careers and should you start preparing for a transition now?

My next five or six blogs will cover career transitions and how to prepare.

So as my late mentor Lou Tice always said

"Stay tuned, there's more to come."