Employment Security - no such thing

If you're looking for employment security, as in what many refer to as a secure job, then you're probably looking for something that doesn't exist as such. What you really want to focus on is career opportunities instead of job security.

Sure, there are positions that tend to be recession proof like utility workers, medical workers and government employment. Even if you hold onto these jobs in an economic downturn, you're really only trading opportunity for the illusion of security.

With good small business ideas, you can seize a career opportunity and I'll bet with a little effort, it will beat the pants off of any job security that you could ever hope to find. Whenever I hear folks talk about employment security, I think of unions and their promise of job security. I also think about mediocre performance.

If that's what you'd like to settle for in life, then this isn't the right place for you. Head directly to the union hall and have a seat. They'll be with you in a few minutes.

For the rest of you, let's look at all of those secure jobs that we've seen go right out the window over the course of our lives, and all the turmoil that families go through as a result. I think after we look at a few of these examples, you'll be convinced that there is no such thing as security, there is only opportunity.

  • Remember all the huge layoffs in the automotive industry back in 2009? It seemed that every couple of weeks we heard about another 10,000 to 30,000 workers that were laid off. No employment security there.

  • How about nearly one third of Tennessee Valley Authority's 33,000 employees being laid off in 1988? That's a government utility, so those jobs should have been doubly secure if you believe that government and utility jobs have any security to them at all.

  • In 2009, Microsoft cut nearly 5,000 jobs from January to May. I thought Microsoft had the world by the tail. Aren't they the "big guys" when it comes to software? What am I missing here?

  • And, according to a May 2009 Washington Post article, state governments in 2008 and 2009 laid off personnel in spite of federal government "stimulus" money. Here's what happened:
    • Washington targeted thousands for layoffs in public colleges and schools.
    • Massachusetts cut more than 1,000 positions from state government.
    • Arizona laid off about 800 social service workers.
Do you notice all the similarities in these stories? They all speak to large clunky organizations that hire thousands of people. And, all of these thousands of people waited around to get their layoff notices.

In order to solve the employment security issue, I suggest you stop worrying about job security and start focusing on career opportunity. Why not secure the future through self initiatives the create a business of your own?

You see, employment security only comes about because you work at it every day. It's there because you make it happen. Who will look out for your interests better than you? Nobody that I know of.

So, instead of chasing the elusive employment security myth halfway around the country, just settle down and do some thinking about what kind of employment you might provide for yourself by being your own boss and starting your own enterprise. If you don't think you have the skill set for self employment, then perhaps getting a job where you can acquire such a skill set would be a good place to start.

In any event, stop worrying about security, and start thinking opportunity. By doing so, you'll have yourself on the right track.

Done with Employment Security, take me back Home

The only business you'll really ever be part of is your own.

Wondering about what to do with your savings so inflation doesn't eat it up? Start your own enterprise. It's a good way to invest your capital and make it work for you. Who will be better at keeping an eye on your investment than you?