Facing Your Economic Recession Fears - Career Survival Strategies
By Bob Rosner and Sherrie Campbell
Financial welfare and career stability are where most of our thoughts fly during an economic recession, as well they should. But during this current economic recession, pause for just a moment to consider the turkey. Let us explain. It has nothing to do with the urban legend that a turkey will look up with its mouth agape during a rainstorm and drown. It's the turkey's reaction when frightened by a storm that should give you pause. Turkeys will run into a corner, pile up and suffocate each other. A turkey may not drown in the rain but its storm plan is just as deadly.
Today's economic recession in America can make anyone feel like a turkey. It's possible to survive this current economic recession, but you've got to start with a little self-evaluation to critique your response. Below we've outlined three "fowl" recession coping strategies along with one recession strategy that can bring soaring success.
DON'T be a Chicken Little during an economic recession.
The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Watch the news-it's full of stock market malaise, foreclosures, layoffs-it feels like the sky already fell. But, let's put it in perspective, America has survived economic recessions before, and it will survive them again-and so will you! On average, the U.S. has undergone an economic recession every five years since WWII. We're all recession pros, not chickens. If Chicken Little had created recession survival strategies instead of hysteria, he could have helped his friends instead of being the loon.
DON'T bury your head like an Ostrich during an economic recession.
It can be tempting during a recession to stick your head in the sand. Denial isn't just a river in Egypt; it's one way to cope during a bad economy. But just because you don't see the danger doesn't make it disappear. So unlike the ostrich, you'll want to keep your eyes wide open and looking for opportunities. Even during an economic recession, people still get hired, companies still buy supplies and CEOs still get paid way too much. No ostrich has ever made a fortune during an economic recession.
DON'T circle like a Buzzard during an economic recession.
We've all seen the buzzard-the person who is so sure their company is on its last legs that he's already assembling his own personal severance package-one box of Post It Notes at a time. The buzzard is not thinking about moving forward to what's next for his career. He just circles the carcass and waits. We've always believed it's more productive to move forward and fly on to your next opportunity.
DO soar like an Eagle during an economic recession.
Our winning recession strategy isn't because the eagle is our national bird or because it's featured in the opening of the Colbert Report. It's because eagles know the storm is coming before other birds and they use the storm's winds to rise above the trouble. While others merely weather an economic recession, you can rise above it. Create a "contingency" career. Talk to competitors. Look for projects and other moonlighting opportunities. Don't restrict your search to your own zip code; telecommuting is more popular than ever.
So learn how to fly like an eagle, soar above tough economic times and you won't become recession history.
Bob Rosner and Sherrie Campbell author the weekly internationally-syndicated workplace911 column. Bob's a best-selling author and award-winning journalist. Sherrie's a work relations expert and award-winning comedian. Together they offer 12 years of quick, intuitive and humorous column responses on their workplace911.com website. You can e-mail them at firstname.lastname@example.org.