Corporate Contractors - Summer 2021 Newsletter

Prepare For Uncertainty When Planning Your Career You may love your job today, but you can’t assume it will be around tomorrow. These days job security is uncertain, and smart people are prepared for changes in their career path at a moment’s notice. Follow this advice for staying on track no matter who or what proves to be an obstacle in your career path: • Analyze your career documents. Is your résumé current? Does it spell out what you’ve done to add measurable value, instead of just listing your various job titles over the years? Be sure that your references are up-to-date and that you have some good stories to tell about how your work has contributed to your organization’s success. • Network. Devote some time every week to making connections within your industry. The more people who know what you’re capable of, the better positioned you are for any sudden transitions. This can be done both digitally and in-person. Connect with your peers on social media networks like LinkedIn or consider joining a local professionals group. • Become active. Join relevant professional and trade associations, and take a leadership role wherever you can: Serve on committees, help with marketing efforts, etc. Don’t just show up for meetings and sit there. • Market your expertise. Write articles for trade websites to get your name around. Volunteer to speak to trade associations, as well as schools or local community groups about your profession and industry. The more visibility you have, the better your long-term prospects. • Develop new skills. Sign up for online or in-person courses and seminars on any skills that might help you do your job better and advance in your career. A commitment to improvement appeals to potential employers who like to see initiative. • Contribute more. Look for ways to help your organization, your co-workers and fellow managers, and your networking contacts. A reputation for pitching-in wherever you’re needed will reap benefits throughout your career. “ I have always felt that laughter in the face of reality is probably the finest sound there is and will last until the day when the game is called on account of darkness. In this world, a good time to laugh is any time you can. ” —Linda Ellerbee —Thought Catalog Riddle Me This 1. You bought me for dinner but never eat me. What am I? 2. What kind of room has no windows or doors? 3. I’m tall when I’m young, and I’m short when I’m old. What am I? 4. Which month of the year has 28 days? 5. What has to be broken before you can use it? 6. I have branches but no fruit, trunk, or leaves. What am I? 7. What has many keys but can never open a lock? 8. What can you hold in your left hand but not in your right? 9. It belongs to you but others use it more than you do. What is it? 10. If two’s a company and three’s a crowd, what are four and five? 11. You see me once in June, twice in November, and not at all in May. What am I? 12. I have hands but I can’t clap. What am I? 1. Silverware. 2. A mushroom. 3. A candle. 4. All of them. 5. An egg. 6. A bank. 7. A piano. 8. Your right elbow. 9. Your name. 10. Nine. 11. The letter “e.” 12. A clock. Lost Dog? An old, tired dog ambled into a man’s backyard one afternoon. He was obviously well fed, and wore a collar, showing that he had a home and was well taken care of. The man patted the dog on the head for a few minutes. Then the dog laid down and went to sleep. An hour later, he woke up and walked away. The dog came back the next day, and the day after that, until soon he was coming every single day. The man didn’t mind, but he was curious, so one day he pinned a note to the dog’s collar: “Your wonderful, sweet dog comes to visit me every day for head pats and then a long nap. I just wanted you to know that we enjoy his visits.” The next day the dog arrived with a note in response: “Thank you! He lives in a house with five children, two under the age of three, so he’s trying to catch up on his sleep. Can I come with him tomorrow?”