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  What to do BEFORE You Get Laid-Off!
Written by Jim Bouchard   
Don't wait for the ax to fall! Take action now to position yourself for you next opportunity!


I’ll be blunt; you don’t have a minute to waste on worry, negativity or self-pity. The economy sucks; is this a secret? Do you need 24/7 news coverage to tell you it’s tough out there?
Let’s assume the worst for a moment. Let’s say you’re facing the very real possibility of being laid-off, downsized or your company is facing failure. This is probably not your fault and you probably can’t do anything to prevent it. Did I cheer you up yet?
Don’t wait for the ax to fall!
Power is your ability or capacity to act or perform effectively. Right now is the time to take an inventory of your material, emotional and spiritual resources. Do a rational assessment of your current talents and abilities.
Act effectively; act with POWER!
  • Start networking with people in your industry to see where you can transfer your talents and abilities.
     
  • If your entire industry is contracting, start looking at other sectors that will value your talents and abilities.
     
  •  Work on developing new talents and abilities…ALWAYS! Train now for new opportunities. Take additional classes and earn useful certifications.
     
  • Want to start your own business? Start preparing NOW! Fill-in experience gaps by taking a part-time job in your area of interest and meeting people who do what you want to do.
     
  • Look for consulting opportunities. Leverage your talents and abilities outside the traditional employment spectrum.
There are conditions and circumstances outside your control; so what? Focus on what you can do; don’t worry about what you can’t control. It doesn’t take a scientific study (though many are available!) to know that negativity robs you of time, creativity and energy. Stay focused on creating an action plan centered on your current resources, talents and abilities and start implementing this plan now.
You may find new opportunities you never imagined before and who knows, you may quit before you’re laid-off!