On Monday, Google announced plans to lay off 4,000 people from Motorola Mobility, a company the Web giant purchased in May for a cool $12.5 billion.
Maybe those 4,000 people saw it coming. Maybe they didn’t.
Either way, everyone at Motorola Mobility should have been prepping for the pink slip.
Today’s ‘News To Live By’: how to avoid the mad scramble.
Google is the picture of American business strength. So to hear it is cutting 4,000 people — the largest layoff in company history — sends a stern message.
Any of us, at any time, can lose our jobs.
I certainly hope that day never arrives for you, but in case it does, there are some basic steps you can take now to spare yourself a boatload of stress later.
- Revise your resume: It’s so easy to forget about your resume when you’re comfortably in a long-term job. Dust off the cobwebs, and bring your qualifications/skills up-to-date. The second you need a job, the only Word doc you’ll care about is your CV. Tidy it up now so it’s ready to roll.
- That means LinkedIn too: I know. You made a LinkedIn profile like everyone else years ago and barely use it. But again, if you’re in a bind, LinkedIn is crucial. So refresh your online resume too. One less thing to worry about when you’re hustling for new work.
- Join online industry/alumni groups: Seek out people in your field way before you need them for a reference or job connection. Occasionally, go to in-person events or networking sessions. That way, you build out a solid group of people you can leverage for new opportunities.
- Have a plan in mind: It sounds vague but always keep your next move close at hand. The worst is being caught flat-footed and without a strategy for moving forward. Young professionals are good at this game. We are a nomadic generation that can move deftly from job to job.
But even the most adept Millennial can fall into a false sense of security at a great company.
A sweet job at Motorola, which is now owned by powerhouse Google?
What’s the worst that could happen?
Simple: not being ready when you’re handed a pink slip.
August 15, 2012
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