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Are you in need of a confidence boost, or a reassessment of your career path? The Global Financial Crisis is creating turmoil in many industries (e.g. retail, financial services, manufacturing, construction) so we all need to keep our finger on the pulse of employment, the job market and career opportunities.
There are a number of positive actions we can all take to position ourselves to our advantage, such as using these Five Self-Marketing Tips for Information Technology Employees and to Punch Above Your Weight! Drop Some Business Steriods – Get Your CIO Career Plan. You may even be considering Alternative non-IT Careers for Tech Workers – although it’s perhaps not that desparate yet.
Well, Richard at careershifters.org writes about a ‘career checklist’ which I think is a very useful tool to assess your current career situation. Some items in the list look obvious, but it’s surprising how few people actually do them. Now is the time to act positively and think about yourself and your career – focus on it.
What’s more, if you’re a leader of a team, it’s vital to encourage them to follow this checklist. If you’re feeling the strain, then they will be too. Fools amongst us hide their head in the sand and expect that everyone else is feeling buoyant, and loyal. This just isn’t the case.
I am an advocate of open conversation. My leadership style is to discuss matters before they become issues, so I’ve talked to my team about the impact of Global Recession and how the economy effects our industry and our organization. This has a very positive effect as it essesntially puts us on the front-foot and leaves a proverbial ‘open door’ for further discussion.
Not everyone is like this, but perhaps if this isn’t your default approach and you’re experiencing these kind of issues then it could be time to open the discussion and get it on the table?