Career Advice: There is no such thing as a safe job. 

January 23, 2015 by Margaret Townsend
There is no such thing as a safe job

Be ready for the next moment in your career. Find out why there is no safe job and how to act in the best interests of your own career development

Restructuring changes are the cause of eBay’s current job cuts, which will affect 7 percent of their workforce.  Just because you work for a major brand and one that you may have grown up and lived with most of your life does not mean you’ve got it all sown up. 

Even if you never wished to leave, there are lots of reasons why you may end up doing just that. Today’s announcement regarding job cuts from eBay due to ‘restructuring’ is a perfect example of how it can happen to anyone, anytime.  Right now, rather than concentrating on being ‘employed’  why not be more focused on remaining ‘employable’, even if you think your job is rock solid.

There can be many causes for being laid off or losing your job, but even if you feel quite safe, stiff competition within the marketplace of your employer should be a cause of interest for you, if not concern.  If you see another company grabbing some of your employer’s market share then you know things are not going to go on as they have been forever, even if you believe your company’s position is strong and you are confident those in command are competent and capable of coming back fighting.  The thing is, the new fight plan may not include you.

These days, large companies may hire a specialized human resources company to make your exit less stressful for you and mainly for them.  They need to appear to be concerned about your future, having been employed with them for so long, because they also need to be able to retain their current talent and give off a feel good vibe generally as they seek to mitigate the overall effects to branding and sales that lay-offs can bring.

The company that is hired to make your transition easier may indeed be the answer to your prayers if you are stuck.  However you need to bear in mind that they will only be able to provide so much help.  How long have you been in your current job and do you have the right skill set to take up positions immediately available through their contacts?  Do they have a job that you really want if you had more time to think about it and look around?  Interview coaching may be all it takes to make them think they have helped you to move on smoothly and to have you feel that your current employer cares enough that, one day when things pick up and they try hire you again because you still have the skills they need, you will immediately jump ship and float back into their arms, abandoning your own plans yet again.

Get out of the mindset of being employed where you are signed and buried in someone else’s business.  Get into the mindset of being permanently employable, accessible, approachable and ready for the next moment in your career, whether planned or not. 

Take control of your own destiny and be ready for change.  Understanding what kind of jobs are usually available in your locality and area of expertise and which companies are hiring for positions perfect for you is something that you need to be doing.  Then you know what is possible when you start to feel like your current employer’s position in the marketplace is a little bit vulnerable or there are changes to the management which often results in ‘restructuring’.

You can be poised to jump ship at your time of choosing once you see the perfect job which is a total match for you on and the really neat thing is that your ‘employable’ status goes unnoticed by your current employer, your manager, your workmates and even your family and friends because you are private and not searchable by engines or people. 

Using a low maintenance platform which offers you peace of mind through privacy is essential. After all, you don’t want to have to share your brilliant job matches with your coworkers who may be vying for the same type of jobs, you don’t want to worry your significant other about the job security in your current employment and you definitely don’t want your current employer to lose faith in you before you have made your own decision about what to do next.

About the Author

Margaret Townsend
An experienced recruiter and job seeker, now co-founder of a private job search website. Blogs are full of practical tips and advice on career development, work-life balance, the job search and the job interview. Also writes in-depth unique articles about workplace issues such as gender diversity, HR practices, culture fit, employee engagement and gainful employment.

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