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MOVING FROM JOB SECURITY TO MARKETABILITY

In the old days if you simply did a good job, you would be okay. These days, you must think and act like a consultant:

- Keep up with what is happening in your industry.Join professional associations; read trade journals; take courses; network with people outside your organization.
- Keep up with what is happening outside your industry. This will prevent you from becoming insular, and you may come up with ideas that will apply to your industry as well.
- Acquire the new skills that are in demand in your industry and in the workplace in general.
- Bring these new skills and the new information and ideas back to your present employer, as a consultant would. You will do better in your present job and get to keep it even longer.

A New Way of Thinking

Any assignment (or job) you get is a temporary one. You're doing work, but you don't have a permanent job. It's like an actor who lands a part. He or she does not really know how long it may last. Furthermore, actors tend to worry about whether or not a role will typecast them and potentially cause them to lose future roles. Or they may intentionally decide to be typecast, hoping it will increase their chances going forward. Actors understand that they will most likely have to land another role after this one, and they constantly think about how a certain role will position them for the future. And so must you. Your next job is only a temporary assignment.

This process of staying aware and marketable is what employees have to do to keep their present jobs longer, or to make career moves inside or outside their present organizations.

One definition of "job-hunting", as developed by The Five O'Clock Club:

“Job hunting in a changing economy means continuously becoming aware of market conditions inside as well as outside your present organization, and learning more about what you have to offer – both inside and outside your organization.”