I was surfing LinkedIn groups last week for some inspiration, and I got some.
There is a post from a state workforce development professional who wrote “How I avoided Being Laid Off.” It worked for her, and I mean her no disrespect by my contrarian viewpoint. But I needed to share this.
On the LinkedIn Group she wrote “how to avoid being laid off,” which is different than the title of her post.
I actually agree with her four points (read the post for her details):
- Make yourself valuable,
- Work to increase your marketability,
- Stay positive and build positivity,
- Keep busy!
I speak around the country and meet tens of thousands of job seekers regularly, through LinkedIn, through JibberJobber, and in person.
I meet people who are AMAZING, and did amazing work, and were valuable, and even rainmakers. I meet people who owned their own companies, and still lost their job (company closed). I meet people who make the world go round – people who invented technology we use today, people who are famous in their circles.
And somehow, they still end up on the chair at one of my presentations.
They were valuable, and all that stuff.
But things happen. Things happen outside of our control.
Whether the company does something wrong and you all get ENRONed, or a boss changes and the new boss brings in their own people, or the sales team misses their goals and you had to get cut… there are a hundred and one reasons why losing your job is not in your control.
The funny thing is, I have a very high Locus of Control, which means I believe that I can control pretty much anything that happens… but I learned to let this go. I learned that if we lose our job, if we are laid off, it’s not because we did something wrong, or because we suck.
I also learned that we can control our attitude, even if we can’t control whether we get to keep drawing a salary from our last employer.
I learned there are other ways to make money (hence, the 101 Alternatives to a Real Job book).
But don’t … please don’t sit there for hours thinking “what if I only worked harder?” “What if I only networked more?” “What if I ________?”
It’s not worth it.
Control your attitude, and move on to the next thing.