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     0.  SHOULD ALWAYS BE DOING THESE
          a)  looking for company paid classes for "in demand" skills or interpersonal skill sets
          b)  listening to what the "chatter" is in the office about departures, revenues, costs
          c)  if your employer is publically traded, start tracking the stock, listen for company reports
  1.  FLAGS TO GET STARTED
     a)  you hear the rumor of fact or a merger, acquisition or worse, being acquired
     b)  you hear profits are falling below expectations
     c)  you see less work coming to you or to your team
     d)  your manager isn't talking to you often these days
     e)  your industry seems to be going into a slump and sales are dropping
     f)  your industry is in a slump and sales are dropping
     g)  the economy is softening and reports of job losses are growing
     h)  someone is talking out outsourcing or off-shoring work
     i)  you just got this really bad feeling at night or in your stomach
     j)  high performing people are leaving the company (can include senior managers, executives)

  2. LOW PROFILE ACTIVITIES TO GET WORKING ON
    a)  Update your Resume
    b)  Update your Contacts List for Networking
    c)  Attend some of The CT Groups to pick up on what's the current trends in Resumes
    d)  Touch base with your Networking Contacts
    e)  Look at your finances to see where cuts can be made and look at your financial assets
         Explore lower cost providers for food, gasoline, potentially insurance
         Explore costs you can reduce or eliminate like vacations, new items, school programs, etc.
    f)  Think about what you want to do in your next job (and a few alternatives just in case)
    g)  Think about where you/your family would be willing to live if you have to move
    h)  Look at the cost of living in these various locations (tools on the Internet for this search)
    i)  Look for classes at work you can take to build up your skills portfolio.
    j)  Create Objectives Statement for Networking to help your network focus their help to you
    k) Start looking at returning to The CT Groups meetings, check the website for schedules.

  3. ACTIONS
    Build up all items in #2.
    Jump to #4 if it becomes increasingly likely you will be impacted.  There are downsides to jumping
    ship before your pushed, one of which is you might not be pushed or there may not be any
    pushing off the ship at all ... a big false alarm.

  4. CONCERN IS NOW A HIGH POTENTIAL OR HAPPENING
    a)  Start cost cutting but not to a draconian level
    b)  Start trying lower cost providers for comparison in quality and price
    c)  Start attending The CT Groups - no rule you have to be unemployed to attend
    d)  Start talking to close friends and advisor for networking and share your concerns
    e)  Share your Objectives Statement to help close contacts and friends to start thinking about you
    f)  Get feedback on your updated Resume to see what key tweaks and changes are warranted
    g) Start checking on what jobs are currently on the market
    h) Get the house cleaned up and fixed up in case you need to sell it
    i)  




      How to Ask for a Reference  |  Harvard Business Review, Jodi Glickman                                                                  04/07/2010