How secure is your job? Take a look around: ▫Had any layoffs in your company? ▫Who was laid off? ▫“What” was laid off? ▫Look outside your company… ▫What is your workload compared to last year? Ask…
So what do you do? Don’t let it be your fault ▫Come in early – or at least be on time. ▫Finish. Every day. However long it takes. ▫Do great work. ▫If you smoke, quit. ▫Don’t complain. ▫Go beyond the job description. ▫Make your job a top priority in your life.
So what do you do? Don’t let it be someone else’s fault ▫Support the team. ▫Avoid politics and sabotage. ▫Kill gossip. ▫Keep your eye on poor performers. ▫Take initiative when others won’t. ▫Always be prepared.
So what do you do? Stay positive ▫Accept more work graciously. ▫Keep a smile on your face when you talk to people. ▫Offer to help with the non-billable tasks. ▫Maintain relationships. Don’t give up ▫Nothing is a foregone conclusion. ▫Make sure you are giving 100%.
What don’t you do? Don’t over do it ▫You can’t give more than 100%. ▫Be sure take time for you. Don’t ignore the situation Don’t speculate on ‘what-ifs’ Don’t rely on anyone else to protect you Don’t pester your boss Don’t make yourself crazy!
What’s “Plan B”? Your escape plan! ▫Update your resume. ▫Start your job search now. ▫Don’t be afraid to apply for something. ▫Don’t be afraid to interview. Having a “Plan B” gives you control Work harder on “Plan B” than “Plan A” ▫It will make you feel much better
The nuts and bolts of Plan B Assess yourself ▫What do you do? ▫What can you do? ▫What do you like to do? ▫What have you accomplished? Collect data ▫Create a project list. ▫Taken any classes? ▫Who would you use as a reference?
The nuts and bolts of Plan B The Resume ▫Research what makes a good resume these days. ▫Neatness counts. ▫Email is fine, but follow up with linen. ▫Show some style, but not too much. ▫MS Word templates are nice, but not unique. ▫Don’t be afraid to sell yourself… But avoid the lie… ▫Check it over and over and over.
The nuts and bolts of Plan B Where to find the jobs ▫The paper, Monster, CareerBuilder… ▫Look for “niche” sites like iHireEngineers, AECJobBank, civilengineeringjobs. ▫College job boards – not always just for alumni. ▫Industry associations like AIA, ASHRAE, IEEE. ▫Network, network, network. ▫Recruiters are not the enemy… But do not rely on them… ▫Look for jobs in other industries.
The nuts and bolts of Plan B Submitting an application ▫Always research the company before applying. ▫Always research the job before applying. ▫Get a name! ▫Include a cover letter that suits the position. ▫Don’t be afraid to apply for jobs that don’t quite fit.
The nuts and bolts of Plan B Interviewing ▫Dress the part. ▫Don’t be afraid to scope it out. ▫Practice, practice, practice. ▫Know your job history. ▫Bring quality copies of your resume and cover. ▫Think before you speak! ▫Have references ready. ▫Know who you are interviewing with. Ask for them. ▫Arrive a little early – there may be paperwork…
What happens next? Hopefully nothing! OR maybe a change for the better… If you do find yourself back on the market, remember that finding a new job is your new job
Resources www.monster.com www.careerbuilder.com http://jobsearch.about.com http://richmond.craigslist.org http://susanireland.com www.howtointerview.com www.we-r-here.com/cad www.vec.virginia.gov www.vspe.org www.vaeng.com www.aia.org www.augi.com “Knock ‘em Dead” series of books: Job Search, Resumes, Cover letters The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Perfect Resume