How Do You Know When It Is Time To Start Job Searching? Signs You Shouldnâ€™t...
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1. .distincriveweb. ComHow Do You Know When It Is Time To Stan Illll Searching?Lets be honest:Job searching is rarely enjoyable.However,like paying taxes or seeing the dentist,we all have to do it from time to time.Sometimes job searching is necessary because of lay-offs (those who suffered as a result of downsizing" during the most recent nancial crisis know what that looks like).There are.however,other situations when job searching isn't necessarily forced upon us.but the handwriting on the wall tells us it soon might be. All too often do we ignore signs that our future with the company might be short-lived.Perhaps we've been told there is dissatisfaction with our performance.Maybe there's a personality conict with a supervisor.Or there may be indications that the company is struggling financially.Whatever the case may be.you ignore such signs at your peril,no matter how hopeful you may feel.Know that hope will be of little comfort if you find yourself standing in the unemployment line becpuse you hadn't lined up a new job before the hammer ell. Keep the following in mind to minimize your exposure to being blindsided by the dreaded pink slip. "It's not you,it's me". Rumors of executive mismanagement/ misconduct. If rumors are swining about the conduct of an officer or director (e. g.,embezzlement),thats never good news.Change is likely to follow which may include you. A merger or corporate takeover has occurred or is expected to occur. Organizational restructuring is alnost guaranteed to include downsizin .If you know such an event is coming or has jus happened,its tine to begin job searching in eamest. A merger or corporate takeover has occurred or is expected to occur. Count on new bosses to make changes,including bringing in their people" or even new folks.Either way,you're not them. Layoffs have started.Will they end before they get to you? Departmental resources are being reduced. Projects are being Iinited or tenninated.Pemaps a product line is being abandoned.These all indicate your job may no longer be secure. Money seems to be tight.Uh oh. .. . Um,yeah.It is you".li . E:l: .iiet. li. rl;1 i 3au. :E? If youve been getting the feeling lately that you are no longer in the loop you might want to start job searching Maybe you're no longer being asked for your input or invited to meetings or events It may be something as seemingly innocuous as gradually becoming unaware of the ofce gossip because co- workers are treating you differentlyls _xCiLll': I,li. Il: E.1Ei I. lEifiIII'li y. :u_l dll'feie*lt. ly. ~7I-lo longer as interested in what you're doing or what you have to say?Or perhaps you're suddenly being micromanaged7 Are all communications between you and supervisory personnel now in writing?Remember that disciplinary action requires documentation Such as an email trail. 3: -:: i' [flF3iICli'l'l'l: 'i. liCE El. "-: i. I. li: 'iIICli'lWe don't really need to explain this one do we? . ": :i. l. = :i. .. li. _llLI. e. is l; ue= :. :ii; 'll. i; i .51 Iicit [ChiliAgain pretty self-explanatoryCi LllJE.(rig;l: .. ;l. If youve made a costly mistake.either in terms of resources or the reputation of the organization.look out!El ; :ir: irn: iti~: llWait what?Isn't that good" you ask?Depends Taking you away from a missioncritical position under the guise of promoting you to do something new" is a clever way to get rid of youYes employers create a position that they plan toeliminate so that they can lay someone off without having to undergo the time and effort to engage indisciplinary action. 10 0If youve determined it is time to start job searching,it is time to think about your resume.Of course,you should ALWAYS have an updated resume ready to go.But if you've let it slide a little bit,now is the time to rectify it by calling a professional resume writing rm like Distinctive CareerServices. Now would also be a good time to reach out to your professional network.Again,nurturing relationships with the people in your network should be an ongoing priority.If you've let them slide a bit,now is the time to make a few cells to catch up with people.But be discreet about yourjob search plans and dont be hasty in your decision to move on:there may still be opportunities and options with your current employer (more about that next week). iii iThe Internet's Rsum & Career Marketing Specialists. ..Since 1996www. distinctiveweb. com resumes(ddlstlnctlveweb. com(800) 644-9694DISTINCTIVECopyright 2014, Distinctive Career Services,LLC