"Being Ready for Potential Layoffs" is the Best Strategy to Avoid Job Cuts

The Workingbear is used to seeing job cuts happen in global companies, especially those from the United States, whether they’re big or small. Normal downsizing is like the body’s “metabolism” – not necessarily a bad thing. Companies hire when there’s a lot of work, and they let people go when business isn’t doing well. It’s a routine occurrence. Even though I’ve grown accustomed to it, there’s always a touch of sadness when layoffs happen, especially when coworkers I’ve spent time with suddenly vanish from the company because they’ve been laid off.

When companies talk about employees being the “important assets of the company,” it’s a nice thing to hear, but in today’s world, it’s best not to take it too seriously. I recently came across a quote that makes a lot of sense: “Be loyal to the work, not necessarily to the company.”

If you want to avoid being laid off, the best approach is to always be “prepared for layoffs.” This means developing a set of skills that make you ready to switch to another company or having a second expertise ready to go. It may not solve everything, but it can at least lower the chances of getting laid off. While actively working to improve yourself, you’ll also enhance your personal abilities. As your skills grow, so does your competitiveness, making you less vulnerable to layoffs.

In the workplace, it’s crucial to focus on mental strength and be ready for the possibility of layoffs, according to The Bear at Work. The key advice is to use the company’s resources to boost your skills, enabling smoother transitions to new jobs. Equally important is projecting an attitude that makes the company see your departure as their loss.

Invest time in self-improvement! Instead of complaining, take a moment for introspection.

While being “ready for layoffs at any time” may not be a perfect solution, layoffs sometimes impact entire departments or offices. Whether you’re a high-performer or not, layoffs can affect everyone. If you are prepared, you won’t need to worry too much because you’ve already planned how to find your next job.

So, how can you “be ready to be laid off”?

Start by asking yourself: If you were laid off, how would you secure your next job? Here are some questions that warrant careful consideration:

  1. Where Can You Find Job Opportunities?
  2. Explore various job-seeking avenues, such as newspapers, job centers, friend referrals, and online job platforms like LinkedIn. Many major companies also accept direct resume submissions on their websites. Consider leveraging recruitment agencies, often known as “headhunters,” for potential opportunities. Stay proactive in staying informed about job openings and expanding your professional network.

  3. Should You Aim for a Higher Position?
  4. Consider your age’s impact on your job search. If you’ve accumulated work experience over the years, securing a role similar to your current one might be challenging, especially compared to younger job seekers. Leverage your experience and aim for a higher position to align with your career goals.

  5. Have You Chosen Your Ideal Company and Position?
  6. Define your career goals and identify an ideal company and position for your next move. If your desired role exists within your current company, assess its responsibilities and suitability. Establish positive connections, if possible. If it doesn’t align with your aspirations, swiftly shift your focus to another goal.

  7. What Skills Does the New Position Require?
  8. Explore job websites to understand the skills needed for your target position. Enhance your capabilities until you meet the qualifications. Remember, skills extend beyond job-specific tasks and may include unique requirements, such as quick-paced work in a shipping department. Adaptability to handle time pressure and occasional overtime might be essential.

  9. The Importance of Work Attitude
  10. Your attitude shapes your success. If you believe in doing more to earn more, you’re likely to see positive results. Employers appreciate individuals who go above and beyond. Put yourself in your boss’s shoes and adopt a proactive mindset, especially if you aim for a managerial position in your new job.

  11. Submitting Your Resume
  12. After completing necessary paperwork, take action by submitting your resume. This step allows you to gauge your market value. If you secure an interview, use it as an opportunity to understand the employer’s needs and learn about the skills in demand. If you find a better opportunity during this process, congratulations! Keep pushing forward; complacency can diminish your competitive edge.

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