No Job, No Electricity, No Problem

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When others were convinced that Hurricane Sandy would head out to sea or minimally impact the northeast, I was busy preparing for business continuity in light of the impending disaster.

Days before the superstorm hit, I instructed my staff to bring home hard copies of their work files to ensure that all our customers would be served. I ignored the eye rolling and expressions of resistance. Instead I opted to trust my instincts and act on my foresight.

Payroll was processed and transmitted days before the vendor’s required deadline. Money was deposited before a drop of rain fell or a gust of wind hit Central New Jersey.

Like many businesses and individuals throughout the Garden State, I had no electricity for days on end.

Employees got paid and customers got served because the levers were pulled on emergency preparedness. I patted myself on my back that Plan B worked and worked well.

As a senior executive, I know additional measures need to be taken to continue business operations when disaster strikes. At the time I was accountable for critical organizational functions including Human Resources, Payroll, Client Services, Risk Management, and Billing. Power outages were not going to render me, nor the functions under my umbrella, powerless. Not on my watch.

Superstorm Sandy inspired me to ratchet up my efforts to ensure business continuity. I began saving my money and researching whole house generators. I contracted with electrician extraordinaire to handle the myriad of activities and install the generator in the spring of 2013.

Although I never used the natural gas generator for business continuity, it worked like a charm this winter when the lights went out in my neighborhood and my job search didn’t miss a beat.

Mother nature drove her message home during the cold season of my career transition – – – this is winter, hear it roar. The massive winter storms took their toll in power outages, businesses, and lives. Although Mother Nature’s message was loud and clear, the Universe’s message to me was a faint whisper. The generator bought for business continuity will help you when you need it most. It will empower you during a dark time. It will light the way to new and rewarding career opportunities.

In today’s job market one needs an edge against the competition. Having a generator is just one more asset I can add to my list of edges.

My future work associates are welcome to join me while I keep business running during times of crisis. They can pull up a chair at my dining room table or make themselves comfortable in my family room. Reservations are not required, just the technology they use for work. Together we’ll charge away ensuring business hums along seamlessly.

Power, whether literally or figuratively, is a good edge to have.

Posted in career transition, Having an Edge, job search

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