Roberta Chinsky Matuson
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How Vulnerable are You?

Today, history was made with the swearing in of our new President, Barack Obama. But this change did not happen overnight. It took years for us to get to this place.

President Obama jumped right in today and spoke about our economy. We didn't get here overnight and we won't be getting out of this anytime so. That's why it is important to pay attention to the signs that might suggest your job may be on the line.

Here are just a few:

  1. Your boss, who you've closely aligned yourself with, was just fired. Could you be next?

  2. You seem to have lots of free time on your calendar. Is this because you are no longer being invited to strategic staff meetings?

  3. Does your boss keep putting off your review?

  4. Are the plum assignments now going to someone else?

  5. Are you now lunching alone? Perhaps word is out that you are next on the "hit" list.

I am not suggesting that you walk around being paranoid nor am I suggesting you live you life in fear. I am suggesting that you be mindful of what is going on around you so that you are prepared for whatever life sends your way.

It's probably not a bad idea to have a "Plan B." That means you should think about what type of work you would consider doing if your job went away tomorrow. Then make sure you have the education and skills so you can make a smooth transition should the need arise.

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