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Earlier this month, a textile mill in Tennessee closed abruptly one day when the owner couldn’t make payroll. Hundreds of people were thrown out of work. In Colorado, a friend is waiting to see whether her husband will lose his job of 20 years because his company hit rough times and became vulnerable to a hostile takeover. Here in Delaware, several friends who work at Bank of America have already lost their jobs.
No doubt about it: the current financial climate is claiming unsuspecting victims at every turn. No one knows who could be next.
So how are YOU responding to this threat? Are you crossing your fingers and hoping for the best? Or are you putting together a “Plan B” just in case?
My recommendation is to make a “Plan B.” Because when you take time to consider all your options, it gives you more control. Why willingly trap yourself in a corner when, with a little forethought, you could have an escape route in place?
Now I realize that thinking about alternate plans is a challenge for some people. It smacks of change, and change is hard. Even THINKING about change can be stressful. So don’t think of “Plan B” as change. Think of it as “exploring your options” as you play a REALLY tough game of WHAT IF? with yourself:
What if you lose your job?
What if you have to relocate?
What if you have to change industries?
Does is make you nervous just thinking about it? It’s probably because you don’t have an alternate plan! Or, if you’re really happy where you’re at or if you’ve been there a long time, just the idea of having to look for something else is nerve-wracking. It’s like being part of a couple for years and years and then suddenly finding yourself single again. Just how in the heck do you “get back in the game”?
By being competitive and marketing yourself appropriately.
Here’s an image and wardrobe “Plan B” for these hard economic times:
So – has this got you thinking about some alternatives? I hope so. Even if you’re 100% sure that your livelihood won’t be affected by the current global economics, having an updated resume, current skills, and available interview clothes allows you to be ready at a moment’s notice if a fabulous opportunity knocks. You never know what tomorrow may bring.
As the old saying goes, “Hope for the best – but plan for the worst.”