Nobody ever goes into a job thinking they’re going to be the victim in a company layoff. But it happens every day, and most people are totally blindsided by it. I’m not saying you need to be paranoid, but it’s better to be prepared in case it does happen, and there are some simple things you can do to keep you ahead of the game.
- Build up your social media profile – The more contacts you have, the easier it will be to look for a job if you happen to lose the one you have. Post often and let people get to know you and what you do for a living.
- Keep your resume up to date – You never know when a better job will come along, or simply an opportunity to give someone your resume who may be in a position to hire you. Keep all certifications and skills current.
- Have business cards handy at all times – Even if you have a job, there’s no harm in giving out your business card. This helps you build up your network in case you ever need it. Stay in touch with people who give you their card.
- Make friends with vendors – Vendors can be a good resource if you need them. They know what’s going on in other companies and who will be hiring and firing. Keep this contact info on your own computer or phone, so if you are locked out of your office due to a lay off in the future you will have it handy.
- Keep association memberships up to date – This could be a rich source of contacts to know if you ever lose your job. Make sure you stay in touch with these people and attend meetings and conferences as often as you can.
- Keep up your network of friends outside of the industry – Your best referral usually doesn’t come from the person at the top, but from someone’s neighbor, hairdresser, or mechanic.
Have you ever been blindsided by a company layoff?