Insecurity Blanket: No, Your Job Isn’t Safe

As an “HR” guy, I frequently get my share of resumes of people who want to get “placed.” A good number of these are people who want to explore other options because they’ve grown tired of the their current company. A smaller number of these would be from people who were PUSHED OUT of their jobs because of “rightsizing,” “downsizing,” or “declared redundant.” The very interesting trend is that the last 2 years, I’ve been getting more and more resumes from GOOD people who were pushed out of their jobs – highly productive and skilled people who perform well. I even get resumes BY THE BATCH from HR friends in the industry who need help in facilitating successful placements for people they’ve downsized.

The game has changed.

I remember a not-so-distant time when corporations offered “employment for life,” and getting hired by the bigger firms resulted in you not worrying about money anymore – your house, your car, your medical expenses, and your retirement would all be accounted for by the Corporation.

If it isn’t too obvious, those days are long gone.

If you worked in the newspaper industry or the recording industry a few years ago – your industry specific skills are now all but obsolete.

Nokia, which ruled the cellular hardware industry just a few scant years ago, has just laid of 3500 workers and is closing down a main plant in Romania. Erstwhile powerhouse Kodak declared bankruptcy a few weeks ago.

Of course, you know what happened to the pension plans of a multitude of US citizens during the recent economic downturn.

Mergers and acquisitions, which occur so frequently now, also result in mass job cutting.

No, your job isn’t safe at all. If there’s one thing that’s NOT going to change I think it’s this new reality – the old days are not coming back.

Two major points here.

One, like a lot of people recording industry, you can kick and scream all you want and go sour grapes over this new reality, or you can see things with this lens: that this reality offers a TON of new opportunity. Why can’t YOU create the next disruptive company? There’s no better time – technology has made innovation a commodity.

Two, “corporate security” hardly factors anymore as an excuse for taking that leap you’ve always wanted to take (perhaps its more attachment to lifestyle upon closer inspection). Think about it – as you grow older and start having children and deep accountabilities, do you REALLY want to rely on your current firm for security in this day and age?

In no other point in history has following your dreams become more practical. Go for it.

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Peter Cauton

Entrepreneur, writer, speaker, startup advocate, HR guy. Husband, father of 6, teacher, unabashed follower of Christ.

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