Career Calling

April 25, 2012

Leaving a “Good” Company

One of my clients, let’s call him Larry, has worked for a large bank since graduating from college four years ago.  He has been promoted twice and received a 9% raise last year.  Sounds good so far.  However, Larry has seen unexpected changes come to his department.  One of his co-workers, a man who spent 25 years with the company, was laid off for reasons that Larry and most of his co-workers think are political.  His department has also been moved from an HR function to Finance, which could mean more layoffs. 

Larry’s story reminds us that promotions and raises don’t mean long term security.  He has decided to update his resume and start looking for other opportunities because he no longer trusts his current employer.  Too much change.  Too much uncertainty. 

Larry is putting himself in a position to manage his career.  Too many people in a similar situation deny reality and tell themselves, “It’s not going to happen to me.”  Larry is being proactive, and that’s the first step to being in control. 

 

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