The Career Doctor™
by Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez
Looking for a first job? Thinking of changing careers?
Facing a lay-off? The Career Doctor™ is a Larchmont psychologist
specializing in career counseling. If you'd like to ask a question of
your own, use the anonymous ,
and she might answer you here. Read more about the Career Doctor here.
Contact in ation is here.
I'M ABOUT TO BE FIRED!
Dear Career Doctor:
I have been an executive at a large privately held company for nearly
5 years. The company was recently sold and I believe I am about to be
replaced by someone my new boss worked with at his previous job. Does
termination typically preclude exploring other opportunities within
the company or is it best to start looking for greener pastures?
Unfortunately, when new management comes into a company, they often
downsize and bring in people they worked with before -- even when the
existing team is a good one. This possibility puts you in a tricky situation:
it's rare for people to be offered other positions in a company after
they've been fired, but if you start looking around in the company behind
the boss's back before you are fired, you risk alienating him/her.
Anything you do in this situation has risks. But here's what I would
do: Go to your new boss and say something like: I really like this company
and I've been doing a good job, but I hear rumors that you might want
to replace me with a er colleague. If that's a possibility, I would
like your assistance in finding another job in this company. Even if
the boss says he/she can't help you, you have tacit approval to start
looking within the company and outside too.
Whether you make this speech to your boss or not, you can begin to explore
options at other companies, explaining to a potential new employer that
you like the work you are doing at your current company but morale is
suffering because of the takeover and rumors of staff changes.
The Career Doctor
The Career Doctor™ is Larchmont
psychologist and career counselor, Dr. Jacqueline Hornor Plumez.
Her office is at 90 Beechtree Drive in Larchmont, 914-834-1982.
For more in ation go to www.jacquelineplumez.com.