My Medical Device Sales Career
Sounds stupid doesn't it, the mere idea your job or corporation is helping you to lose your identity? Perhaps you should ask yourself some tough questions FIRST before you laugh this one off! If you say "yes" to even one of the following questions, you may be giving a piece of your identity away, along with the ability to easily transition to a new job or find a job if you become unemployed suddenly.
THE LOSS OF IDENTITY TEST
How many could you answer with a "yes"?
OK, if you said no to all of these 8 questions, then you are going to be fine. You will be ready when you decide to leave your job or the terrible flip-side of that: your manager calls you to meet him at the airport where he fires you, while collecting your lap top, phone, and informing you that your e-mail account has been disabled (yes they do that, and in fact I had to do that during one re-organization with a large company). It happens and you will be shocked and hurt, but not stripped fully of your identity; you can function, you have all YOUR own tools and resources at home to start the Job Search or to begin that new job with very little transition worries.
If you answered yes, to even one of the questions, you may be at risk. Some areas are more critical than others: having a PERSONAL cell phone, lap top,e-mail address and contact "back up" system, IF the job goes away, just makes plain sense! Yes, even if you have another job lined up, you should have this ready to go at all times!
I know that all of you are busy doing jobs that at best are 50 hours per week. Those of you that are Managers, Executives or high travel Medical Sales Reps. or Clinical Support People are often gone for sometimes up to 3 collective weeks per month! Add the required evening customer entertainment and corporate dinner meetings, then you are lucky to have any time for yourselves and your family! Unfortunately, YOU are at the greatest risk when something happens that cuts off your livelihood. Why? Because you feel it is just not that important given your high workload, heavy responsibilities and reduced free time. I call this flying without a net.
I talk to executives every month who say they lost all their contacts in their company computer and they don't even have a personal e-mail address, let alone connected through Linkedin or other social network vehicles; talk about adding months to a job search, let alone the reduced number of open positions for executives and other higher level occupations in the industry.
So what is the "take away" with all this? To get moving and begin to re-establish YOUR OWN identity separate from your corporation and job. The likelihood of being employed at one company your whole life is very slim, so begin thinking that way. Most importantly, START doing the things necessary to getting your identity back and protecting your own interests if you leave that job OR that job leaves you!
By Linda Hertz why not invite me to Linkedin with you today?