Wednesday, May 21, 2014

The Backup Plan - Do You Have One?

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The prospect of your company closing is probably not the type of thing you like to spend much time thinking about. Heck, the closing of the company they work for isn't the type of thing any professional, administrative or otherwise, likes to think about. The unfortunate truth is that more and more companies are closing all the time, leaving plenty of worthy professionals at a loss for a job and a way to make ends meet. While you may not think this is the type of thing that could happen to you, it's important to have a backup plan just in case.

Maintain Good Relationships

Maintaining good relationships is so important, especially in this day and age. With an economic recession in full effect, anything could happen to your job. Make sure that you maintain good relationships with your managers and peers at work just in case you ever need a reference. While it may  not be the best idea to ask for letters of reference while you are still actively employed, make sure that you have a list in the back of your head as to those you would feel comfortable asking for a reference if you ever needed one.

Keep a Current Resume

Keep a current resume, no matter how much you like your job. Make sure that your resume lists all of your relevant work and skills, as well as people that prospective employers could call for a reference.

Update Your Skills

Keeping your skills up to date is important, even if your current employer doesn't require it. Take classes geared toward improving your skills as an administrative professional. Professional writing and correspondence, shorthand, typing--the list goes on and on. If you think you have all the skills you need to be an all-star admin, consider furthering your education in college. You can never be too educated, and that may be just what you need to set you apart from the competition in the event that you need to find another job sometime in the future.

Nobody wants to think about losing the job they need or love, but if your company closes as so many are, it may be more than something you don't want to think about. Have a plan. Make sure you are marketable as far as your skills are concerned, maintain good relationships with other professionals and keep your resume up to date. If your company does need to let you go for any reason, having a plan can make the stress all that much more bearable.

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