Take Control of Your Career
Job security used to mean counting on a company to support you until retirement. Well, the rules have changed—companies downsize, jobs are outsourced, and pensions are eliminated as fast as the fluctuating economy. There’s good news, however—the new job security is alive and well and centered in you, not in a company.
In this newly revised edition of The New Job Security, executive career-management consultant Pam Lassiter presents the five best strategies for achieving work security and success, from building a supportive network that returns your calls to creating new jobs rather than wasting time on advertised openings. Thoroughly updated with the latest tactics, technology, and trends, plus advice from nationwide business leaders and career experts, this is the career book for the new economy.
The New Job Security will help you to:
• Uncover interesting alternative jobs
• Generate multiple income streams
• Shape your job so that it reflects your values and goals
• Move successfully within your company
• Plan for career transitions so that they’re under your control
Filled with practical exercises, real-life examples, online resources, and a refreshingly no-nonsense approach, The New Job Security is a strategic plan to gain control of your career and never worry about job stability again.
Early on in this snappy self-help career-development guide, Lassiter, a national career management consultant for more than 30 years, tells the cautionary tale of Michael, an ambitious 26-year-old investment banker enrolled in a top-tier MBA program. Michael announces he wants "to be a consultant with a professional services consulting firm... to design strategy for Fortune 500 companies, become a partner, and reap the rewards." Unfortunately, Michael is far less articulate when asked what he has to offer prospective employers. "There were five seconds of dead air," Lassiter reports, wryly adding, "that's a long time for an aspiring consultant." The book's overriding theme: ask not what your company can do for you but what you can do for your company. It favors practice over theory, covering r sum preparation, career networking, interview strategies, salary negotiation and when and if it's time to leave a job. Lassiter's tone is relentlessly upbeat, which will encourage some readers while annoying others. For example, in a section addressing interview jitters, Lassiter says, "A meeting at a company is nothing more than a very small cocktail party. If you think of these people you're meeting as potential interesting people or new friends, it puts you in control." Readers with sales careers may be doing this already, but folks in engineering may be unsure how to use this approach. The focus is on corporate careers, but there's good advice here for people in government jobs and nonprofits as well.