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Chapter 14. Bye-Bye Buddy > Surviving Downsizing: Tips for Team Members - Pg. 181

Bye-Bye Buddy 181 Be Flexible Elliot had managed his store for two years and was proud to be a manager. Unfortunately, due to economic conditions, the company found it necessary to close several stores including Elliot's. Elliot was a member of a team of store managers and assistant managers that operated in the northern New Jersey area. Although several team members were laid off, his team leader offered Elliot a position as assistant manager of another store. "How can I take a reduction in position?" Elliot thought. "How can I tell my friends I'm no longer a manager? Maybe I should look for a manager's job with another chain?" After careful thought, Elliot realized that as one of the few managers of stores that had been closed who was not laid off, he was respected and appreciated by his present company. By being flexible he could survive this temporary setback until he could resume the career path his company offered. Sometimes being flexible means relocating to another city; sometimes it means a cut in salary, or as in Elliot's case, a reduction in rank. If you have confidence in the long-term growth of the organ- ization, being flexible is usually better than having no job at all, or moving to a company where you are an unknown quantity and have to start from scratch. Prepare to Move If Necessary Because there are times when no matter what you do you cannot prevent loss of your job, be ready to seek a new one. Prepare a resumé and keep it up to date. Use the contacts you have developed in your present job to develop a network that can lead you to other jobs. As a mature adult, you should be able to face both the good and bad in your career. By careful planning and attention to the possibility of downsizing you can do your best to maximize your pos- sibility of survival.