The four cornerstones of career insurance
There is more to job security than mastering job search skills. There are plenty of books about resume writing, networking, interviewing and developing a LinkedIn profile. These job search skills are important, but not sufficient in an age when companies and even entire industries are undergoing radical changes. Career insurance fills the void by preparing people for what’s to come—before it arrives.
There are four cornerstones of career insurance; the organizing framework for putting together your own personal Career Insurance plan. These four cornerstones further solidify your survival in the turbulent waters of today’s economy:
- Embracing adaptation
- Positioning for the next advance or change
- Investing in cutting edge skills
- Tapping into abundant thinking, creativity, and emotional non-attachment
You must get in touch with your built-in adaptive nature. This means being alert, responsive, and engaged; knowing how to survive in what sometimes feels like the jungle of work, careers, and jobs.
A practical way to assess your adaptive qualities is to ask, write down or record your answers to these questions:
- How did I overcome obstacles in the past?
- What lessons can I draw from folks I know and those I don’t about how to bounce back and move forward?
- Who can I lean on to support me emotionally when it seems as if I cannot or will not climb the summit of change?
Your answers to these questions will put you in touch with your built-in adaptive nature. If adversity is foreign to you, then you probably know others in your life that have stories and secrets to share about how to tap into the resilient spirit that we all have.
Positioning for the Next Advance or Change
A very important skill for career insurance is to predict what type of work is in demand, the supply of talent available to meet that demand, and how to position yourself to fill the gap. This skill will be used consistently throughout your career.
Self-assessment using surveys and questionnaires as well as soliciting feedback from peers will provide you with most of the information you need to map out these three scenarios:
- Your desired career scenario
- Your most probable career scenario
- Your nightmare career scenario
Your job is to vividly describe, in writing, the details of each of these three scenarios. After detailing each of the scenarios, determine what decisions and actions you must make while in your current position that will affect you in the short- and long-run in realizing your desired position in your company.