Career Change Strategies At Work

Don Monteith

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You have just discovered that your “wonderful" employer is about to “release" your entire department to SAVE expenses. Labor costs can be slashed 90% by moving your job to a foreign land. As they say, your number has suddenly shown up on the “delete" screen.

First, don't get MAD, it shows up as a weakness in your psychic. Take a deep breath; look around, you're not alone; think about the BIGGER picture, even if it's fuzzy right now. Things will get brighter as your head clears up to see the many possibilities awaiting in your future.

Immediately, your thoughts RUSH beyond control and the mouth spouts out wrong vibs. Stay calm in spite of everything that's happening to you at this moment. It's not the time to freak out, save that until later.

Observe all that's going on around you. Notice how your co-workers are responding, help them to remain calm and think long-term. Your job or position is NOT you, even though many of us can't turn loose of titles and the perks we enjoy with the BIG daddy company in our life.

Let it GO!! Maybe today is a good time to go fishing; go bird hunting; or take the kids to a movie. . . . go to the park; go shopping. My favorite is to take a ride on the bright RED Harley sitting in my garage, maybe yours is the Honda Goldwing outback. Have some fun for a few days to clear out the cobwebs, it will do wonders for your perspective on life.

You've got to be careful. One big word of caution . . . . don't sign ANY papers until YOUR legal counsel comes to your aid. Too many X-employees think their upstanding employer would never fail them. You can be sure the BIG boss at the top, making $18 million a year, is very concerned about YOU and your welfare. Everyone laugh!!

Usually, there's a sugar plum to be plucked. Don't lay down and roll over to accept anything you're offered to leave quietly. Here's $5K or $10K, whatever it is, be sure there may be more if you kick a little. . . . just don't sign now. A little negotiating skill can go a long way, so take your time.

Values in the marketplace have changed. People, at least it seems to me, are no longer protected in their jobs, or career path. All of us are expendable if the almight dollar can be saved for the stockholders, the owners, or the big cheese at the top. Profits have become KING in the marketplace.

Some folks never recover from being terminated by an employer. It's an affront to their well being; pride; devestating to the ego; embarrassing and more. You must rise above these reactions of self-pride and see a better future. One day you'll look back and wonder why you didn't leave the losers sooner.

There's much to do, so don't waste time having a pitty party. When your paycheck stops, the bills keep coming. It's frightening, but you can't freeze in place. Life is still going on and the longer you delay taking ACTION, the worse it will get before things are better at your house. Begin today, sort it all out now.

Seek out those who can help. Get your network moving; find sources that know where the jobs are. . . .in key industries that are growing in your area. Professionals are available to review your talents, skills for a new position. Head-hunters, staffing services are usually FREE services to you. Find a service that recruits employees for their clients on a fee paid basis, at no cost to you.

Don Monteith spent 32 years as co-owner of several franchises and a personnel/staffing business. Every year, his firm placed hundreds of job candidates in their dream job. Today, Don shares his business and career expertise through his newest websites on the Internet. Lots of FREE ideas - suggestions - ready for your perusal and study.


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