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The Illusion of Job Security

By Marc Miller | Small Business

The Illusion of Job Security

The Illusion of Job Security image job security.pngThe Illusion of Job SecurityJob security was something I was raised to attain.

I was raised to be an employee to work for a father-like company that would take care of me. After 30 or 40 years there, I would retire and ride off into the sunset.

Job security is something that used to just happen. Now, it is something many of you pursue. The reality is that the concept of job security is just an illusion.

Let me tell you about …

I started to work with Susan a couple of years ago. The company she was working for was coming apart. The owners of the business were feuding. She had reached a point in her life that she wanted stability and some real guarantees. She wanted to work for someone who offered a pension.

Sounds like a Leave to Beaver episode from the 1960s.

She decided to pursue a position at a large state university. She followed my targeted job search strategy. After an 18 month search, she landed her dream job. I even wrote about Susan’s job search in a case study.

She landed a position that would be stable. She landed a position with a pension. She thought she finally had job security!

But it was all an illusion.

First Month

After the first month of her new job had past, Susan was really questioning whether she could do the job. The pace of work was fast, and there were job requirements that were not discussed during the interview process. Susan did not have the technical skills required.

Three Month Review

Susan received her three month review and no concerns were raised. Susan was drinking from a firehose. She assumed that she would just have to keep working hard and things would get easier.

They did not!

Six Month Review

Susan went to her boss’ office where she was informed that she was to be let go. Her boss told her that they saw that she was not able to keep up AND that the workload was going to increase. Her boss was willing to write a letter of recommendation.

Susan was the not the first, but the second, casualty from this position. The previous person they hired was let go as well.

Walking Out

As Susan walked to her car with her personal belongings, a sense of relief came over her. She had been stressed for months trying to do the job.

She also realized that the job security she thought she had was all an illusion.

From the beginning, she was set up to fail, just as the previous hire had been.

Job Security

Susan has learned an invaluable lesson. There is no job security—it is all an illusion. You always have to be prepared with a plan to move on. You should always have a Plan B.

Susan is preparing for another career pivot with a new realization that there is no job security.

Has this happened to you?

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