How To Avoid Getting Laid Off From Your Job

Yesterday i blogged about How to Survive being laid off from work, and one of my readers asked if i had any advice to offer on ways to ensure that you are not laid off in the first place. With Major companies like Microsoft, Walmart and JP Morgan all restructuring and laying off employees this year, no one is safe, despite the upturn in economic conditions. With this in mind, here are list of strategies to avoid getting laid off from your job :

How To Avoid Getting Laid Off From Your Job

Top 10 Ways To Survive Being Laid Off From Work

The recent news of  job cuts at Walmart Canada, Symantec and JP Morgan is a stark reminder that these are still tough times and that it’s not unusual for a downsizing to occur in many organizations.Cost pressures, lack of profitability, competitiveness issues, and organizations restructurings happen every single day and impacts thousands of people. And while this may sound harsh, your position is not exempt from this ax.

Top 10 Ways To Survive A Downsizing

Losing your job in a downsizing can be a traumatic experience.If the ax does drop on you, you’re likely to feel angry, discouraged and disoriented.And while these emotions are natural, it’s important that you don’t stay in that place for long.

You need to realize that losing your job is just like any loss — and like any loss , your body and your emotions need some time to adjust to this new type of change that you have just experienced.

It’s important that you take time to work through your thoughts and feeling and then get back on track quickly.

If you have already lost your job or you are about to lose it, here are the Top 10 Ways To Survive Being Laid Off From Work : 

What’s the Secret to Career Success?

As someone who has led HR for some of the most well known global brands, i am constantly asked by people “Whats the Secret to Career Success?

Secret to Career Success

I get asked this a lot. And, I’m` always a little embarrassed by it. For the most part, I mostly get this question from people who are in their twenties. They want to know “the secret path to the top.”

Usually someone will say something like “You know I spent four years in college and then another couple in grad school to get my MBA, but somehow I must have missed the course on Fast-Tracking My Career. If you had to boil it down to one thing, what would you recommend to a young, aspiring person such as myself?”

The thing is, i am not sure that i could boil down career success to just one thing.

Life is we know it, is not usually that simple.

But if i had to really, boil it down to one thing – then it would be this lesson my father taught us when we were starting our business : Be responsive

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How to Network With Busy People – Part 3

July 31st, 2009 by Steve Pavlina

This is a continuation of the “How to Network With Busy People” series. The first post in the series can be found here.

How to Network With Busy People

Continuing on with our tips…

Avoid making threats.

An example of a threat is, “I really need a response from you, so I’m going to keep calling/emailing you every day until you respond.”

In my experience most people have the good sense not to use threats, but it does happen now and then – enough that I can call it out as a pattern.

Threats are almost always counter-productive. If you behave with such gross immaturity, you’ll simply paint yourself as a psycho, and the busy person will want nothing to do with you.

I know it can be frustrating when you don’t get the reply you’re hoping for, but don’t make matters worse by threatening someone. Your threats will quickly burn the bridge and cause the other person to regard you as a stalker. If they respond at all, it’s mainly because they want to appease you and get you off their back, not because they’re interested in having a relationship with you.

I’m well aware that there are stories about persistent people who refused to take no for an answer, like the guy who camps outside the CEO’s office until the CEO will see him. In my experience those stories are the exception, not the rule. We hear those stories because the successes that stem from this approach are so rare. What doesn’t get much attention are the thousands of other stories about people who were dismissed as nutters for making unreasonable demands of busy people.

There’s a fine line between being persistent and being downright annoying. Following up once (maybe twice) when you get a non-response is okay, but if you still can’t get in, don’t make it worse by resorting to threats or leaving daily voicemails.

Yes, in most cases the other person is getting your messages and is intentionally blowing you off. This happens all the time. In some cases they may not have gotten your message, but probably 99% of the time they got it and chose not to respond.

When you notice that you’re not getting through, take it as a sign that you need to wait for a better opportunity to build a bridge. Realize that a non-response means “not right now” as opposed to “please keep bugging me until I take your calls.”

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How to Network With Busy People – Part 2

This is a continuation of the “How to Network With Busy People” series. The first post in the series can be found here.

How To Network With Busy People

Continuing on with our tips…

Don’t trigger a pattern match.

Don’t send a busy person any communication that fits the pattern of what they’ve seen hundreds of times before, or your message will simply be processed as routine and unimportant.

I understand that your message is very important to you. I know you may be reaching out in a heartfelt way. But you should know that your message probably isn’t being received the way you intended.

When you never get a “thank you” and someone sends you one, it’s a treat… a nice gift.

But when it happens a dozen times a day, 365 days a year, for years on end, well… can you see that your attitude might shift a bit?

If you’re on the receiving end of that, you may begin feeling, “Ok, enough with the appreciation already. It’s nice and all, but I don’t really need to be told how much I’m appreciated 10,000 more times.”

This isn’t a posture of being ungrateful or uncaring. It’s simply a consequence of being overwhelmed with too much incoming communication. Too much of a good thing can actually become a bad thing.

Busy people, especially celebrities, get bombarded with communication overload. Even the heartfelt messages eventually become routine. When anything happens too often, it becomes very difficult to receive it with much enthusiasm.

Here are some of the most common email patterns I’ve seen hundreds, sometimes thousands, of times before:

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The Unwritten Rules of Your Job Search : Your Resume

When you are searching for your dream job, there are The Unwritten Rules of Your Job Search – that are related to your resume, and that if you follow, will greatly increase your chance of getting hired faster.

The Unwritten Rules of The Job Search

Give Your Readers What They Want

You have at best only between 6-30 seconds to convince the recruiter or hiring manager that your resume warrants a complete read.

Usually, you have even less time than that.

Most recruiters and hiring managers spend less than 15 seconds on the first page of your resume. Most Hiring managers are extremely busy and usually dont ever get past the email or cover letter , let alone your beautifully written objective.

As recruiters and hiring managers , we are extremely busy , and don’t have the time or the inclination to wait for you to get to the point.

So really the first rule of resume writing should be this :

Make damn sure that you construct your resume in a way that gets the reader the information they need fast.

This is in many ways a lot like writing a great tweet – you have to spend time carefully planning every word in your resume – so that you get the maximum impact , with the least words. 

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