The Importance of Having a Backup Plan

You'd think we would have learned after the COVID shelter at home orders, furloughs, schools closed, toilet paper shortages… What should have been a wake-up call for millions, doesn't seem to have quite sunk in. 

Backup plans are your lifeline when things don’t go right. Without a backup plan, you risk digging yourself into a costly hole.  Here's where you should be anticipating future disaster, and some different ways you can protect yourself.

How to Back Up Your Career

For most people, their careers are their lifeblood. It’s what they do most of the time, and careers determine how you fund your lifestyle. Leaving your careers to chance is a mistake.

Update your resume by regularly adding new experiences, education, and achievements. When your resume is current, you can start applying for jobs tomorrow if you unexpectedly lose your job today.

Keep a second copy of your updated resume off your computer. Google Drive or Microsoft OneDrive are two excellent cloud storage options to back up your resume.

Stay close with successful people in your network. Imagine this: you lose your job tomorrow. Wouldn’t it be nice to call Judy or Michael, whom you had lunch with last week, and take them up on that job opportunity they mentioned? You didn’t need it then, but it is nice now.

Far too many people don’t utilize their networks well. Coworkers come and go. Most lose contact with each other. That’s a mistake.

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