Professional Development – The StrategyDriven Professional is Always Employable
Economic downturns worry employees at all levels of the organization. Whether an executive, manager, or individual contributor, marketplace uncertainty brings employment risk. As businesses retrench to protect precious resources while maintaining quality and productivity, every organization member is asked to do more with less, to work harder and longer than before. Consequently, frustrations run high and job satisfaction low. Yet these same professionals cling to their positions out of the fear of the unknown because it appears to them that, in the depressed market, no one is hiring.[wcm_restrict plans=”79685, 25542, 25653″]
Emotions can be deceiving. While organizations cannot seemingly afford large outlays to hire and promote during economic downturns, leaders can ill afford to pass up the opportunity to onboard or retain a highly talented individual who will serve to strengthen their company. Managers commonly use these times to shed lower performing employees, particularly if they are overly compensated relative to their value contribution, and bring on or advance more value adding individuals when such changes make sense.
The capabilities and experiences of the StrategyDriven Professional make him or her a prized commodity especially during depressed economic conditions. And while the number of job opportunities for these individuals will decline, they rarely if ever fall to zero. StrategyDriven Professionals are the very employees leaders seek to acquire, retain, and promote in order to improve their company’s chances of surviving and thriving in a recession.
Truly StrategyDriven Professionals are recession-proof because they offer the very knowledge, skills, and experiences organizations need to weather a bad economy. Key, however, to maintaining a robust personal job market is the maintenance of a public profile that passively communicates one’s character and abilities. Internally, the professional must maintain an image of confident competence as discussed in the StrategyDriven’s many Practices for Professionals articles. Externally, a well-crafted and maintained LinkedIn profile richly and truthfully highlighting the one’s talents communicates the value proposition sought by hiring managers. Combined with one’s performance results, these marketing efforts provide the visibility that helps ensure the StrategyDriven Professional is always readily employable.[/wcm_restrict][wcm_nonmember plans=”79685, 25542, 25653″]
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Information on how to develop and maintain a complete LinkedIn profile, as well as its benefits, are further discussed in the following StrategyDriven articles:
Nathan Ives is a StrategyDriven Principal, and Host of the StrategyDriven Podcast. For over twenty years, he has served as trusted advisor to executives and managers at dozens of Fortune 500 and smaller companies in the areas of management effectiveness, organizational development, and process improvement. To read Nathan’s complete biography, click here.
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