Categories: Career Management

Managing “Me, Inc.” for Career Security

Career security is not something we get from employers today.

Most of us change careers several times, and jobs even more often. Some of these changes are involuntary. All of these changes can be difficult.

Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu wrote,

Because the sage always confronts difficulties, he never experiences them.

(The nerve of that guy! What the heck is he trying to say?)

Confronting the difficult realities of 21st century business means realizing that although our current gig (if any) may be XYZ Inc., our real, lifetime employer is “Me Inc.,” and we need to manage that enterprise. There may be more security to be had from a well-managed career than from any individual job.

This advice is nothing new, but since it’s part of a paradigm shift – a change in our mindset – we need to be reminded of it.

Managing “Me, Inc.” means attending to:

  • Product Research & Development – You and your skills are the product.
  • Strategic Planning – Assess your strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats: be prepared for highly likely risks such as recessions and layoffs.
  • Accounting & Finance – Manage your money as if you can’t depend on your income always being the same.
  • Marketing Communications and Sales – Follow best practices in networking, LinkedIn, resumes, bios, cover letters and so on.

Decide that your career is worth investing in.  It’s up to you and it’s your life.

Thea Kelley :Thea Kelley, CPRW, GCDF, SNCS is a certified Resume Writer and Career Coach. She has facilitated job search and career success for hundreds of individuals over the past decade, in groups and one-on-one. In addition to serving private clients, Thea has taught workshops through a leading career transition services firm, Lee Hecht Harrison. Her background also includes many years of professional writing and editing, a BA in Journalism/Public Relations and a Graduate Certificate in Organizational Psychology. She is a member of the Professional Association of Resume Writers and Career Coaches (PARW/CC) and Career Directors International.