Strategies for Navigating Career and Job Change

Ensure Change After Merger Brings Opportunity

Are you good at navigating career change? Let’s say that you just received word that your company is going through a merger. Or, a reorganization of your company was announced and you don’t know if your job will be eliminated or if you will be promoted. Perhaps your department was just absorbed into another division of the company, and your new boss presented you with a “pink slip”.

Each of these scenarios spell change. How do you typically respond? Do you have a career strategy ready to implement? Do you feel anxiety in your gut, tension in your shoulders? Are you quick to move into problem solving mode, or does it take some time to process all the ramifications?

No matter your change management style, there are steps you can take to ensure that change leads to opportunity instead of chaos.

Knowledge is Power

If you don’t have a clear understanding of your industry, including dominant players, emerging companies, economic trends and innovations, now is the time to come up to speed. Gain insight into the financial drivers that led to the merger, acquisition or reorganization.

Where can you find opportunities for a new role or a consulting gig, given these changes?

Hope is not a Strategy

Don’t ignore signs of an impending layoff or signal resistance to change. You may be swept up in a layoff without a smart career strategy and no place to land. Listen carefully for indicators on how the new culture and integration will be handled and manage your strategy accordingly.

Solidify Your Alliances

Are you on good terms with your boss and your colleagues? How is your visibility with senior management?

Now is the time to thoughtfully reach out to trusted colleagues for insight and support. Be willing to do the same for others wherever possible.

Refresh Your Self-Marketing

Document your accomplishments and integrate your best success stories in your LinkedIn profile and resume immediately. Re-engage professional relationships that may be stale.

The bottom line is to move in the direction that best aligns with your personal values, professional strengths, and long-term career goals. You may find new opportunity and upside in your recently reconfigured company, but if not, take the steps to ensure you are in a position of choice.