5 important elements for your career emergency preparedness plan
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Are you prepared? Not just emotionally but strategically?
Smart organizations spend a great deal of money on emergency preparedness. If there is a disaster or some other form of business disruption, they want to be prepared to continue serving customers and generating revenue.
Our economy is booming at the moment but right below the surface there is a wave of market and financial instability forcing changes to business models in a number of industries. Not a week goes by without new reports of corporate mergers, restructurings and layoffs. There are human, career casualties.
An astounding number of executives across the country who know how important emergency preparedness can be in protecting the integrity and financial stability of their businesses have no such plans for their own careers.
Are you prepared?
Here are 5 important elements for your plan:
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© 2019 John Gregory Self
Four questions to ask recruiters about internal candidates
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No one likes to waste their time, especially when the outcome was disappointing. This rule applies to so many facets of our lives, including consideration of a new, better job.
When a search consultant comes calling, it is a special feeling. It boosts our ego that another employer thinks we are valuable and they are interested in wooing us to join their organization. Our imaginations immediately race, we cannot help but think — more responsibility, more money, a clear path for future professional growth. This is heady stuff.
Your time is important. So is your confidentiality. Any time you stand for another position in a formal search process, there is always a chance something could slip out that could compromise your position with a current employer. So being prudent is an important quality.
As a former executive recruiter, I never objected to being quizzed about internal candidates but as a cautionary note, there are some recruiters at very well-known search firms who do object to being pressed about the possibility of an internal candidate. Their defense for being less than transparent is almost always constructed around the theme we have a duty to protect the confidentiality of our candidate panel. Good, we all get that. Your questions about possible internal candidates should be designed not to uncover an identity that should remain confidential, but for you to avoid wasting your time.
Here are four questions I would ask before getting too excited about being recruited for an executive position:
An external recruiter may not have the answers to all of your questions but internal recruiters who handle the majority of executive search assignments, certainly should.
Do not let the ego rush of a recruiter’s call preclude you from asking questions that could help you avoid wasting your time.
© 2019 John Gregory Self
“It’s not what you don’t know that gets you into trouble. It’s what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
This quote is filled with so much truth on so many levels. It is frequently attributed to Mark Twain but when you tell people it ain’t so they often don’t believe it. “But they used it at the start of a movie, it must be so,” one friend pushed back She was right, it was used at the start of The Big Short, the wonderful movie based on Michael Lewis’ brilliant book of the same name that chronicled events that led up to The Great Recession in 2009, but the truth is there is no evidence that Twain ever said that or anything similar.
However, I really like the quote and so I drag it out now and then to illustrate an important point, in this case, an immutable truth. When an executive suddenly, unexpectedly, finds him or herself in the job market, most get off on the wrong foot because they assume they already know everything they need to know to find a new job. This mistaken assumption is aptly illustrated by my quote’s kicker: Its what you know for sure that just ain’t so. Here is a sampling of what he knew for sure:
“I wish I had come to you a lot earlier in my search. You really helped me.” While that was nice of him to say, he deserves all the credit. He was the star of the process. When we identified what he needed to change to succeed, he zealously focused on mastering the new rules for finding a new job. He was disciplined and worked hard. It paid off.
On Friday a client called with the great news that he had been offered, and accepted, a new job as the CEO of a community hospital near his home. He will not have to relocate, a possibility that he and his family were dreading. “I wish I had come to you a lot earlier in my search. You really helped me.” While that was nice of him to say, he deserves all the credit. He was the star of the process. When we identified what he needed to change to succeed, he zealously focused on mastering the new rules for finding a new job. He was disciplined and worked hard. It paid off.
One day, at the end of one of our mock interview coaching sessions, he confided that he was truly surprised at how the job market had changed so much in recent years. ‘I thought I understood. I lost a lot of time in my search.”
If you find yourself in the job market, don’t waste valuable time or your severance allowance. Engage someone who can guide you through the process. If you are tempted to save the money because you can do it yourself, remember, “Its what you know for sure that just ain’t so.”
© 2019 John Gregory Self