As we all know, job security is no longer something that can be taken for granted in today’s market. Mergers, acquisitions, restructuring and downsizing have taken their toll.
This is a guest post by Greg Johnson.
Changes in technology and regulations happen at an amazing rate. Before you know it, you find yourself to be either redundant or obsolete and out of a job.
What steps can you take to protect yourself? Of course, continuing education and ongoing certification for your career should always be a part of your career management plan.
In addition, general reading on your industry and function should be part of your regular schedule. So many times when I ask people what they read professionally, I either get a blank stare, or they say they do not have time to read.
Given the lack of job security, the constant and dramatic changes in so many industries, I would say, a professional that takes their career seriously, does not have time not to read professionally.
Purposefully scheduling time to read and keep up to date can add a cadence to your career management and confidence to your brand. So what should be on your reading list?
Here are six categories of information that you should be reading:
- Industry/Trade Associations publications and websites
- Industry blogs
- LinkedIn Groups
- Business/Career Books
- Business News Publications
- Industry Reports & White Papers
Let us know what you read to keep current in your career.