That’s the way a lot of us are managing our careers. We act as if we’re going to be working in our current job forever or at least for a very long time. We know that’s not likely to be the case, but we’re just too comfortable or too busy to focus on what’s coming next.
The truth, however, is that jobs today come and go at warp speed. Thanks to a hyper competitive global economy, to the constant introduction of new technology and to the ever changing preferences of consumers, employers can’t tell what kind of talent they’ll need six months from now, let alone two or three years down the road. As a result, you can have max performance appraisals or be the recipient of a big corporate award and still find yourself out on the bricks in the blink of an eye.
What should you do? Make sure your current job ends well for you. Perform at your peak on-the-job, but act as if you’re in transition. Multiply your options by making yourself too valuable for your current employer to lose and so valuable other employers will compete to hire you.