How long before the ‘win’ euphoria is replaced with stark reality? Nothing has changed.
Nick Corcodilos, a headhunter and job search maven I respect, tells readers using a new job offer to generate a counter offer puts the employer between a rock and a hard place. He goes on to list several reasons counter offers may result in career setbacks and starts from the beginning. The employer knows this is not a good time to lose you. Maybe in a month or two when they can prepare for the loss. Read the article for his guidance.
For years, I advised clients to refrain from accepting, even considering, a counter offer. These ransom demands may result in more money, but since that is rarely the reason you wanted to leave, it is not the solution. It is rather like offering a starving man a glass of water. The point Nick makes, which I have never considered, is that when they offer you more money, the funds typically come from the same budget where raises live. When it is time for a raise, often employees who accept counter offers come up with nothing. Net/net? No gain in compensation. Continue reading 'Five reasons why accepting a counter offer can kill your career'»
Building job security is simple but it sure isn’t easy.
“Are you adding real value or merely passing information along? How do you add value? By continually looking for ways to make things better. …Every hour of your day should be spent increasing the output or value of the output of the people for whom you are responsible.” Andy Grove on job security.
Why do some people appear to be bullet-proof when lay offs and bad economic times force many very talented executives onto the unemployment lines? Your value to the company is based on many attributes, but the bottom line IS the bottom line. As the CEO of your career, how you contribute and how you invest in the contributions of your team are critical factors for career stability. Continue reading 'Job security made simple'»
Jobs are like busses, if you get on the right one, you arrive at your destination
Abstract: Career planning for job security – Visibility, choosing the right employer, your brand and importance of a Mentor.
Are you in the career you planned when you were in college? Have you had more than one career? Do you know where you want to be in three, five or seven years? Do you know how to decide? Do you know how to make it happen? Continue reading 'Job security through career planning'»
Robots and ark building.
“At a certain point in the process, no credit will be given for predicting rain. The only credit will be for helping to build an ark.” Ben Horowitz
Last night I spent 45 minutes talking a client down from a rant about how negative his team had become. They were demoralized from all the customer complaints and additional workload that entailed. The Q/A team complained the developers showed them no respect and the Product Managers continued to give the developers poor stories for the sprints; all common complaints for a VP development of a small Agile/SaaS company. Continue reading 'Don’t tell me there is a problem, tell me there is a solution'»
Executives: Create your personal brand to self-insure against economic downturn and the job hopping label
Career management for six figure executives is about building and maintaining a personal brand. Take it from Audi and Iron Man. Sales for the very high priced custom-made car jumped 10% after the release of Tony’ Stark’s latest adventure. It’s about product placement. It isn’t about one incident on your resume.
Today, I received a request for information by a reporter doing a piece on job hopping. His premise, all too familiar, is that the current economy = job hopping.
Of course, this contrarian takes exception to that concept because I know many people who were laid off had been in their jobs for more than three years; layoffs and company closings are equal opportunity career killers.
Continue reading 'Overcome the job hopping label: Personal brand to the rescue'»