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The saying that change is the only constant in life has resonated throughout the recent economic crises. Terms like restructuring, rightsizing, redundancy and outplacement have become a part of everyday lexicon, resulting in families moving abruptly, temporarily splitting as spouses work in different cities, commuting long distances, or taking on completely different roles at varying salary levels that result in disruptive lifestyle adjustments.
What do you do if you find yourself in such a situation? Immediate fallouts can include feelings of shock, anger, depression or inferiority. This, in turn, creates further negativity, thus impacting confidence levels and future prospects. However...
Be positive - The important thing to remember is that it's not your fault nor is it a personal thing. The world has changed, and economics will dictate actions that are far beyond our individual intellect, diligence and loyalty to the organization.
Act fast - Make or polish that resume. A relevant and current resume will increase your 'speed to market,' and enhance prospects.
Network and use social media - Never underestimate the power of networking. Revisit contacts from the past and put the word out that you are looking for a new role. Leverage social media like LinkedIn and Facebook as well as job sites to enhance your positioning and visibility.
Mobility is good - The ability to be mobile and move locations add to your nimbleness, and greatly add to your market value, and exponentially increases your job market.
Be flexible - Understand that this is an opportunity to reinvent yourself, so be prepared to look at all options including mid-career and industry changes.
Above all, embrace change as an opportunity to reinvent, reboot and reorganize for the future. This may turn out to be a blessing in disguise!
• Changes at work include rightsizing, redundancy, outplacement
• Keep a relevant, current resume to increase speed to market
• Revisit old contacts and let them know you are available
Source: Monindra Grover, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Regional HR Leader - Middle East & North Africa, MARSH