Being in control of our careers is what it’s all about. If you were investing your money, wouldn’t you have a portfolio mixed with different investments? Short-term, long-term, US Treasury, International, stocks, bonds, CDs, real estate, etc. (Can you tell I am not a financial guru? But you get my point.) You don’t put all your eggs in one basket, you diversify. You do this because it offers some security.
Following that same logic with our careers is a way of creating some stability. Is it more work, certainly. But consider the alternative?
Jason Alba, founder of Jibberjobber, author, blogger, and much more, blogs a lot about multiple income streams. It just makes sense to find additional ways of making money.
My friends are doing it. Rosa’s first love is wellness, so she has that business/website going, but she also works in a salaried job to supplement that income, plus she delivers seminars, plus…many other things. Rosa gets it.
This is the career insurance you need. It is the only way you can guarantee that if you are laid off, you can survive.
If you consider yourself a business, then wouldn’t you be looking at the competition (employees outside of your company)? Wouldn’t you always be looking for additional ways to expand your business (new product/services or new customer or new territory)?
Let 2009 be the year you take control and diversify!
Hannah Morgan speaks and writes about job search and career strategies. She founded CareerSherpa.net to educate professionals on how to maneuver through today’s job search process. Hannah was nominated as a LinkedIn Top Voice in Job Search and Careers and is a regular contributor to US News & World Report. She has been quoted by media outlets, including Forbes, USA Today, Money Magazine, Huffington Post, as well as many other publications. She is also author of The Infographic Resume and co-author of Social Networking for Business Success.