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Think Your Job Is Secure? Don't Bet On It
by Robin Eads

We have a new President-elect! Hooray for change! Even if you didn't vote for it, change is on the way and it's likely to get worse before it gets better. Be prepared; don't get blind-sided. Take these steps to ensure that you end up on your feet, should you be the next casualty of the dwindling job economy:


Blogging is a great way to share information, present your abilities or talents or showcase your funny bone. Just remember, never put in writing what you don't want someone to read. In other words, if your blogs are full of foul language, references to drug use and pictures of weekend antics - you might not want to make it public. Potential employers are also blogging these days in record numbers. They are on Twitter, Blogspot, LinkedIn, MySpace, Facebook and more. As a recruiter, I have used these sites to search for candidates as well as to determine character of candidates that want to be considered for opportunities. Many times, I have been thankful to have found their MySpace page prior to submitting them to a client. These are things that references don't tell you!

Bottom line: I highly recommend using blogging sites as a way to express your abilities, including those abilities you get from personal fulfillment - not just your day job. Is Ruby on Rails something you are tinkering with on the side? Blog about it and make it public. Follow other Ruby developers. You'd be amazed how just talking about it can snowball into networking with lots of people that can help you should you lose your job.


While you are still employed, brush up on skills! Take online classes or night courses. Get certified. Take a look at the most "in demand" skills in your profession and bring yourself up to speed. Doing this now, rather than after you've lost your job, will ensure that you get back to work quickly.

Update that Resume!

Don't wait until you've lost your job to update your resume. You'll be in panic mode and are likely to make mistakes, leave things out or just present yourself poorly overall. Pull out that dusty resume and make sure you read this article!

Embrace Recruiters, don't chase them off
If you get a call from a recruiter, be receptive. Even if you are happily employed, remember that change comes to those who least expect it. By tuning in to opportunities rather than blocking them out, you'll have a better feel for the market should your job go south. At the very least, you may learn about an opportunity that someone you know would benefit from. Not all recruiters are built the same, however, the best approach is to always be willing to listen and network.

Published: Nov 18,2008 15:50
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