Going into Christmas season, I heard a number of workers complaining that they are feeling walked-on, overlooked, ignored, taken advantage of, and so on. Feelings of , “My company is taking advantage of me”, or, “I’m being ignored and am stuck forever”.

Naturally this raises anger in those employees who feel they have been working their fingers to the bone as companies had downsized the number of workers since 2005 and upsized the volume of work. One employee was so angry that as soon as she found a new job she vacated her existing position on short notice taking delight in hoping to catch the company off guard. Instead, the company barely blinked. The company she left hired TWO people to do the job left by the one, and continued on without skipping a beat.

But hold on a minute. Is today’s job market really the best time to make a job change? Is the market really as positive and robust as the blather-heads on the American business channels would have you believe? No. The world is actually in a mess!

Unemployment chaos is just about everywhere. There are many yellow and red flags out there if you take the time to look beyond the “Don’t worry, be happy” faces staring at you on television.

In short, this is a very dangerous time to be trying to make the leap from one company to another. So, job seeker you better BEWARE. Though the current news is made to sound cheerful, don’t be gullible. Do some of your own reading and investigation by reading such financial experts at website such as: TrendsResearch.com, ShadowStats.com, USAwatchdog.com, or GoldenJackass.com.

EVERY industry is teetering on the brink of a major down turn. Many hundreds of thousands will be THROWN OUT OF WORK in the coming months. Are you ready in case it happens to you? On the other hand, if your job is not currently in jeopardy, are you using your on-the-job time as effectively as you can to make yourself more desirable to your current employer and to your future employer(s) in the event your do suffer a lay off or termination? Do you know of any limitations cited in your employment contract that might prevent you from taking a job with another company?

What should you be doing right now whether or not you are planning to make a job change? Here’s a suggested action plan:

  1. Pay off your highest-cost loans as fast as possible and any other loans, debts, (borrowings).  Make every attempt to get out of debt, or at a minimum, significantly reduce your debts.
  2. Reduce your non-debt, or discretionary, (outgoing),  money and payments. Can you live with 1 automobile instead of 2 or 3? Can you downsize to a smaller home and possibly locate closer to your employer? Can you cut back on whatever you typically purchase each day, week, or month?
  3. Develop new skills on the job. Take courses. Attend seminars. Maximize your educational benefit package.
  4. Dust off your resume. Tweak it. [Plenty of tips on this site is you use our search box.]
  5. Expand your business contact network. [Search for my nugget “Profile PHOTO Smoking-HOT or Dud?!” to improve your online presentation.] Get in touch. Stay in touch. Renew acquaintances if you have fallen out of touch.
  6. Find yourself a mentor at work. The higher the job title, the better. [Search: “Are You Born To Fail? and read point #6.]
  7. Get your name out there. Business cards certainly help. Apply for jobs. Let your network know. Beware: consider the impact to your existing job and existing relationship with your employer if word gets back that you are job hunting.
  8. Join a charity or association in which you practise your expertise and build a stronger reputation.

Understand that we are just coming into an extended period of time when the demographics will be hurting the global economy, the strong USA dollar will be strangling corporate profits from translation effects among the subsidiaries, oil prices will be throwing out of work those multi-thousands of oil workers and service suppliers, and the Christmas Chopping season is yet to be upon us during which hundreds of thousands of part-time retail positions will be chopped. The ripple effect of the thousands and possibly millions out of work will hurt industrial profits, bank profits, chemical company profits, transportation company profits, and many other companies.

Even if times were great today, as some believe, times will soon sour. So, be careful if you are thinking of jumping ship.