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Photo sourced from Creative Commons via Flickr - Martin Cathrae

Photo sourced from Creative Commons via Flickr - Martin Cathrae

This summer many government employees were forced to take one day per week of unpaid leave due to sequester. Then the U.S. government shutdown and furloughs were in place. Now we have a continuing resolution, but the likelihood of sequester continues to remain high.

The uncertainty is starting to get to people. More than a few of my friends who currently work in jobs related to the government have started job searches, and I don’t blame them.

I wouldn’t want to be a supervisor in the government right now, and trying to keep focus on the actual mission of any organization has to be so challenging in this environment. People are distracted by the constant changes and political wrangling and the insecurity it breeds.

If you’re not in this situation, though, this message is still for you. Even if you feel your job is secure, start your job search now.

What? If I’m not in an uncertain professional position, why should I start my job search now?

Because:

“When it don’t rain, the roof don’t leak; when it rains, I can’t fix it nohow.”
Robert A. Heinlein, Methuselah’s Children

Don’t wait for a furlough or layoffs at your company. Get together for lunch with your old colleague now. Find a few places you’d like to work and schedule informational interviews now. Contact alumni through your college’s career center who are working in areas that interest you and see if they have a few minutes to chat on the phone — now.

Don’t wait until you’re forced into the job search. Let it be on your own terms. Because the truth is: Once it’s raining, it’s really had to fix the roof.

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ONE COMMENT ON THIS POST To “You can’t fix the roof when it’s raining”

  • Rebecca

    October 23, 2013 at 11:52 am

    Right on! It’s never a bad idea to keep those connections up-to-date or invest in networking. Besides, if you’re not looking for a job, then to talk to someone about his or her company feels more sincere and less desperate. Thanks for the reminder!

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