Words That Can Bring You To Your Knees…

Words That Can Bring You To Your Knees…

“Fired.” “Right sized,” “terminated,” “severed,” “we’ve gone in a different direction,” “we’ve changed strategies,” “you get two weeks severance,” “good luck in your next opportunity.”

These are all words that can bring any adult to their knees.   And in Los Angeles there are millions of people who have hear those words.

Here are the things you need to do to take back control of your career.

  1. Take control of your finances.  Put in a safe place (ha!) the equivalent of what you will need to live on for ONE YEAR.  Can’t do that?  Learn to be cheap. VERY cheap.  Take roommates on in your house; take your lunch to work.  Fun? Read a book you’ve borrowed from a friend.
  2. Use every means possible to learn and make yourself more valuable to your current company or the next one.  (Learn on the job, by talking with friends who happen to be experts in a field, go to conferences (volunteer to help, so you don’t have to pay), take on line, “blended learning,” or in class programs, webinars, volunteer, etc.)
  3. Grab anything your company has to offer that can teach you new skills.  Take on new projects (work on enterprise wide systems, in-house facebook pages, learn how to do kick-ass presentations, etc.)  Have the people you work with document what you’ve done and have them write a recommendation for you on Linkedin.
  4. Learn how to use social media to make yourself an “expert” (see above note on Linkedin).
  5. On your own time (weekends, nights, etc.)  learn NEW skills and then use them to get results in a volunteer activity.
  6. Become invaluable to your current job:  become the expert in sustainability, social media, artificial intelligence, analytics – any skill that your company needs to become a leader in the field.
  7. Lose your ego.  If you get fired, take ANY job while you WORK to get another job.  Call Robert Half (Dawna Mason is a goddess there!) to get project work if you are in finance.  Use Global Resources.  Drive a taxi (and write a blog about the weird stories you learn while driving!)  Volunteer.  You were worth $1million a year.  Well.  Now you must find a way to re-value yourself.
  8. Remember that any job change affects your whole family.  Get your whole family involved in this “new adventure” of finding work.

It is self -serving to me to say, “get a good coach” – but I will say it any way.  Get a CAREER coach who has done job placements.  DO NOT spend money on “life coaches” (unless you have extra money and need a life).

No one at your company has the ability or time to watch out for you, your desires and your long-term goals.  A company cannot afford to become your family (with some very, very few notable exceptions).

TAKE Control of your career.  NO ONE else can do it, except you.

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