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are clear enough in the public sector where newspaper articles carry stories
of budget cuts every day. In the private sector, earnings reports, office
gossip, abrupt changes in leadership, frequent mission changes, and emer-
gency meetings to reorganize are all signs of trouble. It may be a good time
to encourage clients to read the financial news if the company they work
for is large enough to be written about. At the very least, specific work
sectors (airline, energy, etc.) are almost always covered, and the coverage
may give the client advanced notice of problems in the sector to come.
It's a sad fact that employers would rather hire currently employed
workers than workers who are unemployed. The reason is the belief,
however true or not, that employed worker's skills are more up to date
and that their work ethic is still intact. Rather than waiting until they've
been terminated, encourage clients to begin looking for work, while they
are still employed, in organizations that have stronger financials and seem
clear of future layoffs. Other good advice is the following.
￿ Stay up to date and get as much training as possible. The more a client
has to offer an employer the more likely they are to get another job.
Dr Nan Carle, Director of Community Initiatives at Arizona State
University and a longtime public sector manager, encourages her
workers to gain new knowledge and skill for this very reason. Out of
her limited budget, she provides opportunities for workers to receive
added education along a spectrum of activities that will not only help
in a current job but will expand a worker's employability if budget
constraints require her to downsize staff.
￿ Network. Any number of possibilities open up to workers when they
keep in touch with others. They can do this by joining local organiza-
tions in their field, volunteering to help out when there are
charitable events, speaking on subjects they have expertise in at work-
shops and conferences, and just the day to day niceties that help peo-
ple remember who they are and why they might want to be added to
their staff. Dr Carle says that networking involves reaching out to
others, connecting with old and new friends, and seeking advice, sup-
port, and encouragement from others, when needed. In any given
field, there are people of wisdom who many of us go to when we
need help. These folks are often well connected and know the job
market well. In fact, many of us get jobs because of people we know,
including former teachers, bosses, and mentors who often go to bat
for us. Keep in touch, because you never know when you might need
their help.
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