I'm reading the book The New Job Security, Revised: The 5 Best Strategies for Taking Control of Your Career and am really liking it. Here's how they describe "the new job security":
The New Job Security is a work agreement that you make with yourself. You consciously decide to take the initiative in your work life, to set your own course for your current employment and future alternatives. No, this doesn't mean that you're going to tell your boss what to do and tell everybody else to get out of the way. It does mean that you will have your own professional goals and fallback plan. You decide how you're going to play to win, and you tweak your strategy according to the cards you are dealt. As you transfer the control of your job security to yourself, you'll develop an overall strategy to help you get what you want from your work. You'll learn how to develop a demand for your services, either at your current company or a new one, so you will always have choices. You'll identify goals and the skills that you'll need to reach them. You'll develop backup plans to help you conquer the challenges that will inevitably appear. Anticipating change and being ahead of the game, positioned where you want to be before shifts in the economy or company occur, will keep you vital. Watch out world: you're taking control and you're going to make a difference.
Now you can see why I like this book so much! Here are a few comments from me on this subject:
- As I talk about regularly, your career is your #1 financial asset. So I LOVE the "take control of your career and make the most of it" mentality that this book starts with.
- "You will have your own professional goals and fallback plan." Two great things we all need to consider/develop: the goals for our career and what "Plan B" is in case things go south.
- IMO most career success can be attributed to over-performing versus your job expectations. Do this consistently over your working lifetime and you'll do very well indeed.
The book then goes into what the author calls the five best strategies for achieving the new job security. They are (along with my paraphrase description of each):
- Send clear signals -- Send the right messages out (to employers, potential employers, co-workers, etc.) that show you're a valuable employee who can deliver results.
- Market for mutual benefit -- Deliver what your employer wants (results) and you'll get what you want (raises, promotions, etc.)
- Stop looking for jobs -- Focus instead on tracking employer needs (and filling them), helping others, and developing your own skills and abilities.
- Build sustainable networks -- Develop an ever-expanding group of contacts inside and outside your company to work with on mutually beneficial career-related efforts.
- Negotiate in round rooms -- Don't back yourself into a corner when negotiating pay raises and salaries for new positions.
Hard to argue with anything here, huh? When it comes down to it, the author is talking about developing a comprehensive plan to market yourself in order that you make the most of your career. And you do this by positioning yourself as a solution for your employer's (or potential employer's) challenges. Good stuff IMO!!!!
I'll be covering the highlights of this book over the next week or two (plus have a guest post from the book's author!), so stay tuned. You're sure to learn a few more tips for making the most of your #1 financial asset.