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For those job-seeking executives — young or old — who still think there really is a surefire way to land that next job with no muss or no fuss, forget it, unless of course you think “professional wrestling” is a sport and not a pre-scripted entertainment spectacular.
The secret to success is a lot of hard work which includes paying attention to the career management fundamentals — understanding your value proposition, then creating a killer resume that can easily be adapted for each job you pursue, and nurturing a robust network of professional contacts in your field of interest. Then, after all that, there is a lot more disciplined hard work to find the right next position.
For those filled with self-confidence and who believe they will never have to deal with the enforced job search ordeal, think again. Leaving your current job may, in fact, be your decision, but unless you are being recruited away for that certain next great job the chances are that you will experience at least two compulsory transitions in your career. In some industries like healthcare, in the early stages of a massive transformation, the number of layoffs could be more.
The only way you can avoid the anxieties that occur when you lose your job and the inevitable self-doubt as to whether you will able to find the security of a regular paycheck again is to be prepared and stay prepared. Always.
Here are four points to help you avoid the gut-wrenching angst of a prolonged career transition:
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