Who expects to be in the same job in 10 years? 5 years? 1 year?
This is not to say you are not eminently employable. Rather the point of this posting is to suggest that you should always consider yourself “between” jobs. Always be preparing for that next job.
Succession planning is one reason. If you want to be promoted you will need to make sure you can do a smooth hand off. If you are self-employed or part of a smaller firm the same rules hold true. If you want to grow and if your company wants to grow there is a need to understand what needs to be done.
How to do this?
Document the process. Make it part of your daily routine. It does not need to be robotic and difficult. It can be 3x5 cards (my personal favorite), Evernote (another favorite), Microsoft Outlook Tasks, or anything else you know you will be able to use and refer back to on a regular basis.
One quick and easy way of thinking about this is to use a simple mnemonic I’m calling The 3 P’s – Prepare, Plan, Produce.
Putting the 3 P’s into Action -
Making it Happen
Use the 3 P’s daily and I predict you will be ready for that next job and that next challenge.
Like a good Boy Scout --- Always be Prepared.
And remember --- We are ALWAYS between jobs.
What do you think? Do you feel that you are ALWAYS between jobs? How to you make sure you are ready for that next challenge? I look forward to your comments. If there is enough interest I’ll continue with this theme in a series of blog posts.
About The Author:
I have spent the better part of the last 16 years working in various aspects of the ECM space. I spent time at Kofax, Microsoft, FileNet, K2, and most recently Captaris (which was acquired by Open Text in Nov 2008). Prior to that I was a Unix VAR running my own company. Follow me on Twitter, check my blog, send email or find me on Facebook or LinkedIn.
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