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15 October, 2020 Posted by John G. Self Posted in Career counseling, Career Management, CEOofYou, Digital Brand
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When Being Good Is Not Good Enough

Posted October 15th, 2020 | Author: John G. Self

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Doing a good job, producing budgeted results is not a guarantee that you can avoid a layoff.  Believing that myth is one of the most prominent mistakes managers and executives make with their careers.  

“I don’t need to worry about a strategic career plan.  I am doing a good job.  I have great numbers”.  

Then the merger closes, or the pandemic spreads.

                                                                        Daily Career Management Tip

It is a blinding flash of the obvious to say that we live and work in an uncertain world.  

Last week I wrote about the job search challenges imposed by our sputtering economy. This week I am adding six steps you can take to get prepared.

 A surprising number of executives and managers continue to believe that a good job performance will serve as an insurance policy against being laid off. That is just not so. 

This week several CEOs have confided to me that many executives and managers who lost their jobs over the last three months did so through no fault of their own.  

Jim Hinton, Chief Executive Officer of Baylor Scott & White Health, an integrated network with 52 hospitals, more than 800 patient care sites, 7,300 active physicians, and 49,000 employees, believes the key to success in this uncertain business environment is a constant state of preparedness.  You cannot wait for unexpected events to occur before you take actions to weather the storm, he said during a recent interview with Modern Healthcare.  

Just as businesses must plan for the unexpected, so, too, must executives and managers.

Here are six steps that can help you achieve constant preparedness:

  1. Keep your Personal Vision Statement up to date.  When the unexpected happens, you need to know what your next steps will be.  If you do not have a clear vision for your career, it is hard to have a cohesive strategy.  
  2. Understand your value.  When a prospective employer asks, What can you do for our organization, you must be locked in with your answer.  Composing an answer at that very moment is a terrible idea, and it probably will sound like it too. 
  3. Develop a career management plan.  If you do not know where you are going, virtually every road you take will be wrong unless you want to rely on good fortune.
  4. Maintain your professional journal.  Having a ready record of your recent accomplishments with specific supporting data is vital.  Reflecting on other accomplishments and events will, in all likelihood, help you prepare for job interviews. 
  5. Keep your resume up to date.  Although your resume design must be easily customizable, keeping it updated with your most recent impressive accomplishments will save time.  If you are forced to recreate your resume from scratch, shame on you. More than likely it will not be as strong as it should be. 
  6. Stay in touch with your professional network.  A smaller more focused network, populated with executives in targeted organizations and/or geographic areas, makes it easier to build and sustain relationships.  Consider using a very brief introductory video when you connect with someone.  Initial research suggests videos can accelerate engagement.  

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© 2020 John Gregory Self

12 October, 2020 Posted by John G. Self Posted in Career Building, Career Management, Career Networking, Career Transition/Outplacement
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Video Is the Thing This Year

Posted October 12th, 2020 | Author: John G. Self

In Goodnight and Good Luck, the movie about Edward R. Murrow’s epic dustup with Sen. Joseph McCarthy’s House Committee on Un-American Activities, there was a great jazz song sung by Dianne Reeves, TV is the Thing This Year.  Radio was still king, but television, the new kid on the block, was beginning to exert its seductive power in news and public affairs programming. 


Video is the Thing This Year. The pandemic has accelerated this powerful tool’s use and made it more approachable for the masses through videoconferencing tools. Job applicants are now using video to appeal directly to employers, sometimes bypassing the cussed and discussed Applicant Tracking Systems, also known as applicant tossing systems. A one-minute video can elevate an applicant’s standing, especially if they have a good story to tell.

Executives and managers are now using brief videos to connect with potential contacts. Early research from the sales side suggests a higher engagement level with prospective customers when a video message serves as the knock on the door.

In this very competitive job market where most employment doors are closed and locked, you better have an impressive knock. Video may be the thing this year.

© 2020 John Gregory Self

8 October, 2020 Posted by John G. Self Posted in Career Coaching, Career Management, Career Transition/Outplacement, Interviewing Skills
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Tough Economic Times: What Can Employees Do?

Posted October 8th, 2020 | Author: John G. Self

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  • Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell warned of potentially tragic economic consequences if Congress and the White House don’t provide additional support to households and businesses disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The US economy has replaced only about half the 22 million jobs lost during the economic slowdown. The Wall Street Journal

Where We Stand

Health systems, hospitals, and other providers must achieve a state of constant readiness to survive the nation’s current economic downturn.  The message is clear:  continuing to employ workers who are not adding value to the enterprise is an approach businesses, particularly those in healthcare, cannot afford. 

Delaying the hard choices regarding the right-sizing of an organization’s headcount until the economy worsens, which could happen without dynamic action to control the Convid-19 virus the Fed chairman warned, could require more dramatic steps, including deeper cuts by businesses and additional layoffs.  

What Can Employees Do?

Employees who add value to an organization must think more like an entrepreneur in terms of results. Close the gap between good intentions and good results.

John G. Self
  1. Be optimistic. It begins with being honest with yourself and the environment in which you find yourself. As a former newspaper reporter, I frequently wrote stories about events — often bad news events. I was a storyteller. I am still a storyteller, but my venue, thankfully, has changed. Occasionally people criticize me for being too negative, especially when writing about the challenges facing managers and executives entering the job market. I can’t entirely agree. I feel I am realistically optimistic. ! You must understand the challenges and prepare yourself. If you are well prepared, have a good plan, and work hard, you WILL find a job. That is the truth. That is something about which you can be optimistic!
  2. Change your mindset regarding success.  Easier said than done, but it is vital to defining your value to the enterprise. Executives down to supervisors must focus on their daily results. Entrepreneurs have a saying: “We eat what we kill.” Employees who add value to an organization must think more like an entrepreneur in terms of results. Close the gap between good intentions and good results.
  3. Build your strategic network.  The irony of layoffs is that some good, productive employees almost always get caught up in the cuts through no fault of their own.  Just as CEOs cannot afford to wait until it is too late to make the hard choices on controlling expenses, employees who put off building a productive professional network, a critical element of a successful job search, will pay the price for that neglect.  That cost is usually in the form of a prolonged search or being forced to accept a lower-paying step-back position just to stop the bleeding of your savings or retirement accounts.
  4.  Create a career preparedness plan. Many executives and workers do not have such a plan.  When the layoff notice appears, panic usually ensues. A career preparedness plan is comprehensive, incorporating strategies for controlling household spending down to a job search’s details.  In today’s job market where the majority of workers are social media savvy, you cannot afford: 
  • Not to have a well-crafted Value Brand Statement.  You must understand your value proposition
  • Not to have a value-based resume up to date and ready to go
  • Not to have an established social media presence with a well thought out branding strategy in place
  • Not to be prepared for interviews. Jobs are won or lost in the interview process 

JohnGSelf + Partners specializes in getting you prepared.  To learn more about our new affordable subscription plan options, contact us: YourCareerSuccess@JohnGSelf.Com

© 2020 John Gregory Self

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