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My column in the Detroit Free Press” Try 5 simple steps to stand out at work”

26. July 2013

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My column this week in the Detroit Free Press “Easily Organize your job search notes”

2. May 2011

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My column today in the Detroit Free Press “Research trends to boost job security”

4. April 2011

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My article- Detroit Free Press- 3 ways to use social media to find jobs

7. March 2011

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My article in the Detroit Free Press “Easily Automate your job search”

3. January 2011

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My second article for the Detroit Free Press Creating a Career Portfolio 9/13/2010

22. September 2010

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How to avoid Crisis Reactive Mode

3. February 2009

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  Crisis Reactive mode: When you have made no prior planning to an event that could possibly play out, and now it has.   Ok, if I get hit by lightning today this would be one of the most important posts I will ever write! As a headhunter this has been a consistent problem with talent. This situation can be avoided if the right steps are in place. Let me show you in dialogue format an all too familiar scenario.   Me: ring ring “Hello?”  Candidate:  "Collin, I am in the …

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Crisis Reactive mode:

When you have made no prior planning to an event that could possibly play out, and now it has. 

 Ok, if I get hit by lightning today this would be one of the most important posts I will ever write! As a headhunter this has been a consistent problem with talent. This situation can be avoided if the right steps are in place. Let me show you in dialogue format an all too familiar scenario.

 

Me: ring ring “Hello?” 

Candidate:  "Collin, I am in the main conference room along with 40 other people, we were just laid off and they will not let us go back to our desks and our work computers have been confiscated. I am freaking out!!"

Me: "First of all, I am sorry about what has happened but you are well prepared to deal with this situation."

Candidate: "What do you mean I’m prepared?"

Me: "Well, we discussed over 2 years ago, and several times since, a proactive strategy to keep yourself optimized in the marketplace. I sent you a list and examples on how to accomplish this."

Candidate: "Uhhhh"

Me: "You agreed with me when we first discussed this that this is a great action plan to follow throughout your career."

Candidate: "Yes, this is true, but…"

Me: "So, lets calmly go down the list.  Have you made time to go to industry meetings and did you subscribe to those blogs I suggested to keep up with what’s happening?"

Candidate: "No."

Me: "Why don’t you send me your updated resume."

Candidate: "I will need a couple of days to work on that, I did not update my resume on a regular basis as you suggested."

Me: "Did you sign up on LinkedIn and the other social networking sites I suggested to keep yourself fresh within your network of influence?"

Candidate: "No."

Me: "Did you back up your work on a daily basis so you can keep an ongoing catalogue of what you have accomplished at your company, so you can show your next employer that you are effective and results driven in your role?"

Candidate: "No."

 

You get the point I am trying to make with this dialogue. It is soooo key to make sure you are working on your brand at the same time you are working at your place of employment. Putting a strategy together so you never end up in this candidate’s situation is critical! Going into crisis reactive mode plays out when you are not prepared, and not just in your career.

Sadly, when people get in this mode they end up making more poor choices on top of the event that has just occurred, myself included, “been there done that."  I know we all have time constraints; we can come up with endless excuses for why we don’t do the things we need to do – count me in again. 

 

Below is a list of things you should be doing on a regular basis:

 

  • Set up a catalogue system to keep track of all data and assets you find beneficial – it is key for all your data to be useful and searchable!
  • Get your work online – everyone should have a portfolio, not just creatives.
  • Always back up your work so you can analyze it on a regular basis, or "benchmarking.”
  • Make an effort to do some schmoozing at industry events.
  • Make sure you sign up on social sites like LinkedIn, Facebook, etc.
  • Join online user groups and blogs pertaining to your area of expertise.
  • Update your resume regularly, adding in your newest quantifiable results.
  • Set up alerts with keywords that pertain to your career on Google, Twilert.com, and Indeed.com. 
  • Leverage a great headhunter to help with strategy and opportunities! “Shameless plug”
  • Know your competitors in the area and across the country.

*I am referring to all companies, not just the ones that are popular because of their hot talent.  Remember this is why we know about them – because they are doing these steps on a regular basis.

You will expand on some of the suggestions I have just made if you take a proactive interest in your career strategy and your ongoing brand development. In most situations, people had some idea that this day was coming, along with a little voice inside saying, "I have to update my resume and portfolio, I need to start networking…."

Lesson: Avoid crisis reactive mode by taking a proactive stance and strive toward a better future by anticipating and preparing for future clouds on the horizon.

I welcome your comments on this post.

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