Secure Your Future Now

Yve Laran
5 min readJul 18, 2023

Using Present Employment for Future Success

Photo by Louise Viallesoubranne on Unsplash

When you think of networking, what comes to mind?

Happy hour with co-workers, hoping for a moment with the big boss?

Coming home after a trade show event with dozens of business cards, not being able to place the faces with the card names?

There is value in using these opportunities, but a far more effective way to secure your future.

Begin with the work relationships you have now, with your bosses, higher-ups and co-workers. I cannot emphasize this enough, from first-hand experience.

Several years ago, I was working for a company that overextended itself, financially. Employees were being forced out to cut costs.

One person being forced out was a gentleman I worked with but who was transferred to another department. When I heard he was being forced out, I took him to lunch. I listened to what he was experiencing in looking for a new position.

A few weeks later, my boss called me into his office, to tell me he was leaving the company, and couldn’t take me where he was going. He said the move would most likely take a few months, but that I should begin looking for a new job. He was not being forced out but was leaving due to the financial downturn of the company. He was being proactive in leaving. He asked if there was anything he could do for me.

I said, “An ironclad, first-rate reference when I need it is all I want.”

“You’ll have it,” he responded.

I took my boss at his word and began a job search. Someone else in our company referred me to a new position. My boss was gone in two months, and I was gone shortly afterward. It wasn’t necessary to use my boss’s reference at that time, but I kept it in mind.

Fast forward less than a year later, and Covid-19 began. This is the part of the story where I will share the severe mistakes I made, never to be repeated again.

  1. I made a fear-based decision, and not a fact-based decision. I resigned from my new employment, based upon the word of a family member that they would hire me, and that everything would be okay.

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Yve Laran

Bibliophile, Writer and Blogger at yve.laran@wordpress.com. Podcaster on Spotify as Yve Laran. Master’s=Political; Bachelor’s=Musical