Monday, September 15, 2008

What the fuss about finding a ‘stable’ job?

During my conversation with people I get to hear about the kind-of-job a person would like to be in. The answers range from jobs that:-

- pay very high salaries
- gives career advancement options
- does not require relocation
- company is a top brand
- comes with lots of perks

The answer that stumps me is: ‘I want a stable job'….and by the way it should come with all the above mentioned goodies!

Now for a dose of reality…there is not one company that can give in writing about employing you for life! Even working for the government has age limitations! So how the heck do we get into a stable job that pays well, gives us perks & the rest of the goodies? Hmmm….the way I see it is crystal clear, there is after all a way to get a stable job with a Fortune 500 company.

Stability = Being the best in your profession

Yes, if there is a way to achieve the ‘stable-job’ goal it is only by striving to be the best in your respective field of work. The better you get at your work, the higher the chances of you staying employable for a long time & hence achieving the ‘stable-job’ criteria. Companies do have to increase or decrease their headcount based on overall company performance & that can only be achieved with individual’s contributing towards that goal. If you aren’t in the scheme of things that help the company get to that goal – tough luck – you are on your way out already. So effectively, your craving for a stable job can only be achieved with keeping yourself updated & abreast with the latest happenings in your field of work.

The only way to achieve ‘stable-status’ is to be ‘No. 1’ or ‘NO ONE’…

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