It’s May and what that means for me and others in the non-profit struggle, is that the fiscal year end is quickly approaching. Management will review budgets and see who’s worth keeping and who’s just costing them money. I work in a small office so when someone is let go it doesn’t go unnoticed. Once I became familiar with the signs, they were easy to see; like “neon construction sign” easy to see. Co-workers who were let go had seemed unhappy with their jobs and communicated with management less and less. The little conversation they did have wasn’t exactly personal and more and more there was major shade thrown over minor things like who didn’t change the toner. And we can’t forget the team meetings to address problems that everyone knew were actually meant for that one person with a pink slip headed their way.
Sometimes it really is nothing personal and with budget cuts there is nothing you can do to stop the inevitable. But other times you have to be honest with yourself and question if you’ve truly been performing to your full potential and if you’re even happy in the position anymore. It’s understandable that any job is better than no job in an unpredictable job market, but no employer wants someone who is simply showing up and you shouldn’t have to spend 40+ hours a week simply going through the motions.
You’re job may be in rough waters, but you don’t have to be left without a paddle. Here are 10 signs that you may want to refresh that résumé: