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Five steps to a recession proof career

Jan Reuter (Based at Adaptable Careers, Ladysmith, Canada)

Industrial and Commercial Training

ISSN: 0019-7858

Article publication date: 25 January 2013

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Abstract

Purpose

Would you like to take control of your career so that you are not at the whim of the employer or the economy? The aim of this paper is to learn how to apply successful small business strategies to your career so that you are in charge.

Design/methodology/approach

Learn how to apply successful small business strategies to your career so that you are in charge. This article will help you to look at your career through the lens of an entrepreneur taking a product to market – in this case the product is you! The five steps include: assessing the strengths, capabilities and skills of your product; reviewing what the market wants; analysing the gaps between your product and what the market wants; planning the further development of your product; and marketing your product.

Findings

As of July 9 the author is launching a survey to gather success stories of how people have recession proofed their careers. However at the time of this writing the findings from that survey are not available.

Practical implications

These practical steps are easy to apply and can give your career the boost it needs in these uncertain economic times.

Originality/value

While many authors have given the advice to either treat your career as a business or to be the Chief Executive Officer of your career, “Five steps to a recession proof career” provides practical advice on how to actually achieve that goal.

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Citation

Reuter, J. (2013), "Five steps to a recession proof career", Industrial and Commercial Training, Vol. 45 No. 1, pp. 60-63. https://doi.org/10.1108/00197851311296719

Publisher

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2013, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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