Is Your Job On The Chopping Block?

by Ron Haynes

As companies figure out how to do more with less, more and more people are finding themselves in the unemployment line according to a recent report by Bloomberg. According to the report, payrolls decreased in 28 states led primarily by North Carolina with 12,500 jobs cut in one month (November).

As economists continually “get surprised” by the dismal economic data that’s drip-drip-dripping on us like some sort of twisted water torture, there ARE people getting jobs. Why? They are highly prepared for their interview and use the tips and techniques found in The Inner View of Your Interview.

The fact remains that the most qualified candidate doesn’t always get the job offer. I’ve watched a company pass over someone for a purchasing agent position who had an MBA, was fluent in Mandarin Chinese, and had with a wealth of purchasing experience in favor of someone who showed more drive and determination by learning everything about the company. They simply presented themselves better and were better prepared for the interview. Fair? Perhaps not, but life isn’t fair and you owe it to yourself to ethically use any advantage you can find to better yourself and your family.

Your job is secure?

You may think so, but even the most secure positions are vulnerable these days. Even if you are merrily employed today, you never know what will happen tomorrow.  By practicing CCM, Continuous Career Management, – keeping your resume current, networking with others in the industry, using the S.O.N.A.R. method to develop your success stories (page 13 in The Inner View of Your Interview), and knowing who the key players are in your industry – you will always be ready should a career disaster strike.

Today there are thousands who wish they had prepared for job cuts, layoffs, and reductions in force. Make sure you’re ready ahead of time. Like my great grand-daddy used to say, “Son, dig your well before you’re thirsty.”

About the author

Ron Haynes has written 1000 articles on The Wisdom Journal.

The founder and editor of The Wisdom Journal in 2007, Ron has worked in banking, distribution, retail, and upper management for companies ranging in size from small startups to multi-billion dollar corporations. He graduated Suma Cum Laude from a top MBA program and currently is a Human Resources and Management consultant, helping companies know how employees will behave in varying situations and what motivates them to action, assisting firms in identifying top talent, and coaching managers and employees on how to better communicate and make the workplace MUCH more enjoyable. If you'd like help in these areas, contact Ron using the contact form at the top of this page or at 870-761-7881.

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I certainly do hope my job isn’t on the chopping block but no one can ever be too sure. I’ve seen my clueless boss fire people — highly competent people — just because he didn’t “feel” like they were a good fit. there was nothing to substantiate his “feelings.” i’ve also seen him hire completely uncompetent people (much like himself oddly enough).

Lew Sauder

Companies are figuring out how to do more with less. One way they are doing it is with consultants. They can bring in a firm to complete a project for them and then send them off. The hourly rates are higher, but they also don’t have to pay benefits including newly required health insurance. If the consultant isn’t a good fit, they can remove them without involving HR.
What is an employee to do? One thing may be to become a consultant. There is high demand for consultants and the pay us usually better.
Lew Sauder, Author, Consulting 101: 101 Tips for Success in Consulting


It’s a scary thought, but true. Even if you’re working for a secure and thriving company, you have to continually prove your value.

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