Be Prepared for Sudden Dismissal
Sudden dismissal can be a disaster in many ways. Just one is that employees often are surprised and without time to retrieve important items from work. Since you never know when you might be let go, prepare this week. Make sure you have records of key contacts that can be invaluable in finding another job—including your references. Make hard copies or electronic ones of important documents like work samples you will want. Get them out of the office too! Don’t procrastinate. This is just one tip from the upcoming webinar and live workshop, “Afraid You’ll Lose Your Job,” offered later this month. More info in this newsletter.
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Neglecting this often-overlooked bit of common sense can cost you big time. You see, there is often no warning that you will lose your job. Donna, for example, went to work, thinking it was just another day. But she was summoned to the conference room, where a Human Resources manager informed her she was no longer needed. She was escorted to her desk and allowed to retrieve her purse and personal belongings, then out of the building. She was gone. This was a major disaster for Donna.You see, Donna had many colleagues who could help her find another job—if only she had their contact information. But that was all stored on her hard drive at work. True, she could painfully reconstruct some of it via LinkedIn, but her memory was only good enough to recall a small percentage of the many people she had built relationships with in her years with the company. Plus, she had many great samples of her work—again, all stored on the company computer. Gone! Had she thought ahead, she could have created a nice hard copy portfolio and displayed her work on a web site. This week, take action. Don’t procrastinate. You never know when the unexpected might happen. Get a copy of your contact list—especially your references--out of the office so you have it. Then, think through which documents you would like to have for your records, your portfolio, or future reference. Copy them, email them to yourself, or put them on a flash drive. You’ve worked hard. Don’t let your employer take this all away from you.This is just one tip from the upcoming webinar and live workshop, “Afraid You’ll Lose Your Job.” The webinar is Wednesday, March 21 at 7:00; the live workshop is the following Wednesday, March 28 at Skokie Public Library. To register, go to www.lucrativecareersinc.com.
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