Saturday, September 3, 2011
in the job market,think exit when you gain entry
This may sound unnatural. You don’t start planning you leave when you get somewhere new to work. But the truth is, that by the time we come to the end of our lives, we have worked several jobs. Unfortunately, much as we plan to get the job, we rarely plan to leave it. We are most times asked to leave, and we do, with surprise written all over our face, cursing the boss.
True, we do not get this suggestion when we sign the contract, but if you checked well, that contract does have an end-period. No? So in your employer’s eyes things could swing either way. If you still need each other by the end of that period, contract will be renewed, and if not, you will be asked to leave.
The message has been passed on already. You signed a contract. Meaning you may or may not be at that desk beyond the contract period. But if your employer is thinking that way already, why shouldn't you? Two years later, when they announce we will not need your services any more and your heart starts racing. Didn't you read through the contract?
So, gird your loins. Work hard enough as if it is your last day, but don't be blinded, it’s only you who is in charge of your future, and it is going to be much longer than that two year contract.
So how do you get ready to quit on the first day?
Know that this is just a pit stop. Use it well, but there is more ahead. Plan for it. We work for different reasons. Mostly it could be to earn a living. Some of us work to learn while others work for fun. Whatever your reasons for going to work, have an exit strategy in mind.
Be the best employee.
You could give your best, and it is only fair when you do because that is why you are there in the first place. However take responsibility for the job you do. In being the best at what you do, you create a niche for yourself. Your co-workers and team leaders will love you for it and you will be indispensable. Be the employee you employer cannot do without. Even when hard times come and some people have to be let go, chances are that you will be the last on that list because you add value to the company and you are needed around to weather the hard times.
Study more. Learn as much as you earn.
Employers will do anything for a competent employee. If your job needs you to go back to school, do that. If you can learn on the job, do that. Be as productive as you can be. The more you are willing to improve your self to do a better job, the more your employer relies on you and the longer they are likely to have you around as well as share their benefits with you. Make your employer know you are indispensable, by working smart. Create solutions.
However, much as all this may be one, the days of permanent and pensionable employment are long gone. There may be a time when you really are asked to leave. Be prepared for this and don’t be drawn down by stress and anger. The people who are the best at what they do also tend to attract other offers along the way. What this means is that you have so many employers head-hunting for you and you are spoilt for choice. That could be the best insurance in the job market. Be the best you can be. Word spreads fast. And whatever you are looking for, finds you fast.