Friday, September 4, 2009

Always Between Jobs

Who expects to be in the same job in 10 years? 5 years? 1 year?

image It doesn’t matter if you are employed by a large multi-national or if you are self-employed. You are not likely to be in the SAME job in not too distant future.

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?

imageDocument 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 -


Ask Questions – Understand the challenge ahead of you.  imageAlso, know how success will be measured.

Whether you are working for a large company or as a consultant you need to ask questions to insure you know what is expected of your efforts.


Make a Plan and Work your Planimage

Have you ever heard the saying “If you don’t know where you are going any road will get you there”

This is as true in business as it is in life.


Success will be measured by what you produce. 

imageNo matter what you are working on always make sure you producing to your plan. No matter what is being “produced” if it’s part of your plan you should expect to be measured by the results.

Note: If you find you are working on things and producing things that aren’t on your plan you may need to go back to the Prepare step and make sure you know what is expected. Then, if necessary, re-work the plan.

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.

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1 comment:

Natarajaprabhu said...

Hi friends,
where there is a will and there is a way, so keep trying to get jobs in Gurgaon. All the best for your bright future.