This past summer, Seana noticed her manager and skip level seemed to be doing very little to promote the work that they were responsible for.
Instead of panicking or just trusting that he had her back, she realized that she had to step up and take ownership of her situation or find herself on the unemployed list.
Together, we immediately got to work implementing three key actions everyone should take to future-proof themselves and not be at the whim of the world no matter what’s happening.
1. TAKE RESPONSIBILITY.
It’s highly attractive to pin getting canned on the market or the bosses or HR or the state of the world – on anything but ourselves – but it won’t help. It’s likely we’re not ever entirely to blame for being fired, but we can always take responsibility. Regardless of interest rates or inflation or AI, are you proactively earning your job or leaning back expecting it will simply be there tomorrow?
2. KNOW YOUR VALUE.
Sounds simple, but we can get just as excited as our companies do about new initiatives and explorations that we don’t really see the over-hiring and potential redundancies popping up all around us. Cruising on through as if we’re invincible is ignorant at best and fatal at worst, so know how visible you are, what your bottom line impact is, if leaders know what you do, and how the business would be affected without you there.
3. BE PREPARED AND PROACTIVE.
When the economy starts to take a downturn, you don’t want to wind up in your worst-case scenario looking through the help-wanted ads or scrolling through LinkedIn. While times are good, keep your resume up to date, keep expanding your network by chatting with peers and senior leaders in and outside of your company, and keep an eye out for lateral and higher opportunities just in case.
When, lo and behold, Seana’s gut feelings were confirmed and her job was eliminated, she already had two internal offers in place without even searching formally externally!
Since she’d already laid the groundwork for a worst-case scenario, she was right where she wanted to be.
I can’t emphasize enough how working with a coach helps you see further and deeper than you can on your own. Considering the times we’re in, it’s such an asset to be proactively predicting and preparing instead of defensively reacting and retreating. For you, just like with Seana, it can make all the difference.
Book a free 30-minute call with me today to find out how we can work together to make you future-proof.