Even though some people think that things just “happen” in terms of their career, that is not usually the case. Generally speaking, there are warning signals to let you know that you may need to make some readjustments to keep your career on course.
If you want to avoid a career crash, it will behoove you to pay attention to the following signs:
- You no longer get plum assignments. If you used to be the go-to person for high-visibility, high-reward assignments, but that is no longer the case, be forewarned. Your days at your current organization may be numbered. It Is very likely that you are either no longer seen as a high potential employee and/or you are being targeted for a layoff. The best recommendation is for you to start investigating why you are no longer receiving these assignments and try to get back into management’s good graces or you can start pounding the virtual pavement to find your next job. But rest assured, things are not looking good for you where you are.
- Main parts of your job are being reassigned to other employees. This is another really bad sign. If pieces of your job are being redistributed to your co-workers, and those tasks are not being replaced with higher level ones, watch out. It is almost certain that management is trying to ensure that others can take on your responsibilities after they let you go.
- You are just coasting. At one point in your tenure in your current organization, you were highly motivated, but now you don’t put forth your best effort. You may think that no one notices, but that is a big risk to take. Chances are good that someone is noticing, and when it comes time for layoffs, you may be seen as deadwood.
- You are unable to meet established goals for your position. This may or may not be your fault. In some cases, management may set goals that are completely unrealistic and unattainable. Or, it could be a situation where the goals are attainable, but you don’t have the skills to reach them. In either case, trouble is looming on the horizon. Even if you are unable to meet your goals because of a lack of resources or because management is unrealistic, it still doesn’t look good for you. Start making plans to land somewhere else quickly.
- The handwriting is on the wall, but you refuse to see it. You may know that your situation falls into one of the categories listed above, but you don’t want to make a move, so you ignore the obvious. Many people who I have talked to who have been laid off or fired confess after the fact that the signs were there, but they did not want to see them. It’s better to be honest where yourself as far as where your career stands than to be blindsided by something that was clearly coming down the pike.
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