How to get rid of the fear of layoff



How to get rid of the fear of layoff
Losing a job is never easy. Whether you were expecting it or not, you will need time and support to get back to work, and this can be quite a challenge.

But it’s something you must be prepared for. "You must realize that in a fast-growing economy and dynamic marketplace, termination is going to be a natural norm - whether you like it or not," says Nishant Agarwal, founder of the freelancing platform Toogit Solutions Pvt. Ltd.
The last one year has seen big layoffs in the information technology (IT), financial services, telecom, automobile and start-up sectors. Mint reported that over 10,000 people have lost their jobs in the Indian start-up ecosystem since August 2015. Tata Motors has cut up to 1,500 managerial jobs, while HDFC Bank let go of 4,581 people in one quarter. Job cuts in Indian IT companies are expected to be in the range of 175,000-200,000 per year over the next three years. So what should you do? Think strategically about your situation - this will help you deal with the stress and find a way out of the situation. We will suggest some ways to get you prepared before and after the lay-off.
 

Accept the reality


Yes, no matter what, you need to accept the harsh reality that layoff is eminent. You could be good at what you do, but you will get laid off if you don't fit in the current paradigm of your company. This can be proven really well by looking at recent lay-offs in Cognizant, TCS and similar companies. Both the companies cut-off their mid level management. Not all of them were poor performers. But, they were fired just because they were no longer needed. Bitter but truth. The sooner you accept it, better you will be prepared for the future.


Don't put all your eggs in one basket


This idiom is commonly used in investment markets. However, this is very well true in real life and with your career as well.
When you are working for someone and are totally dependent on their salary then you like it or not but you have put all your eggs in one basket. If your employer decides to fire you, you are doomed.
If you are an IT professional then why are you giving all your time to just one company. Just check out the portfolios of other successful professions like medical or lawyer or chartered accountant. They do not limit themselves to just one employer. They serve and earn from many at a time. So, why are you limiting yourself.
 

Learn time management


Even if you are doing a full time job you spend 8 to 9 hours in office. Still you have 15 to 16 hours to plan out things and improve your life.
Hence, it's important to learn time management and utilize it carefully. If you can spend 7 PM to 10 PM of your time in doing something productive instead of watching TV then you can remove your dependency on job and can safeguard your future. Learn new things, think ideas and work on them. Get out of your comfort zone before it's too late.
 

Start Freelancing


Still cannot think of anything better to do along with your job? We will suggest an easy way out, start freelancing. Freelancing is something which we all do but never realized that it is freelancing. Our plumber is a freelancer. Our Electrician is a freelancer. Everybody does it in some way or the other. We just need to understand it and work on it to earn from it.

To start freelancing you do not need any big investment and it can be started any day. According to estimates more than 70% IT professionals do freelancing and it is a thriving economy. It is expected to be of size 2 billion dollars at the moment and is expected to grow 10 times by the year 2020. Below are the quick steps to get you started with freelancing.
 
  1.  Sign-up on a good freelancing website.
  2.  Create your profile. We advise you to read this guide before you proceed with creating your profile.
  3.  Be smart. Use smart tools. Freelancers are growing faster compared to freelancing jobs. It's getting competitive day-by-day. So, it's important to use smart tools like auto-proposal to stay ahead of everything. Auto-proposal submits auto bids on your behalf 24*7 (even while you are sleeping) and thank god it doesn't cost a bomb. You can enable it for as low as just 100 bucks for a year. To learn more about auto-proposals follow below mentioned three links.
    1.  How to enable auto-proposals
    2.  Benefits of Auto-proposals.
    3.  How to use auto-proposals effectively
    4.  Auto-proposals video tutorial
  4.  Work hard to learn and impress clients. Money will follow. In freelancing world, like any other investment plan, you need to first invest before expecting any return. Invest in technology, tools and clients. These investments will help you earn entire life.

We understand it is not easy to get rid of the fear of layoff if you are dependent on single source of income. But, freelancing can provide you multiple sources of income while keeping the existing job. This will not only boost your earning and confidence but will definitely eliminate your fear of layoff.

Don't believe us? Just give it a try. It doesn't cost anything. 
 
Khalid Ansari

Khalid is a hard core techie with an undying desire to learn and explore new technologies. In his journey to the perfection, he owned the development methodologies, provided with best optimal options and platform selections in technical designs and helped numerous clients to evaluate & improve their technical architecture.

Khalid Ansari | CTO


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Assuming that you are clear with the basics of Virtual Assistant profession and know about the resources to find a Virtual Assistant services, let’s move on to how you can be more effective working as a Virtual Assistant.

 

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Being an top professional Virtual Assistant is not rocket science and could be mastered with a little effort and patience. Given the high competition for these jobs, you need to stand out from your competition to land higher paying services.

 

Which basic skills make me a top virtual assistant?

Before you go on your virtual assistant journey, It is mandatory to make sure that you possess all the basic skills required. An ideal and successful virtual assistant would be on par with the basic skill-set required.

 

So do you think you have a good hold on the basic skills? Let’s go through a few basic skills expected by each client. Develope these skills and get hired today:

 

Comfortable with using Windows / Mac.

 

More than 45 words per minute.

 

Know how to use Internet and emailing.

 

Know the basics of social media marketing.

 

Have a good time and resource management skills.

 

Have a good understanding of newsletter creation.

 

Smartness

 

What should I do first to play experienced virtual assistant role?

 

Since 2007, virtual assistance has become a very in-demand field, and is seeing steady growth each year. With the numbers in mind, and the growing rate of business done online, it is no surprise that several virtual assistance companies have been born. These companies hire men and women from all across the world to work remotely and offer their clients the online support they need.

 

This is very good news for the brand new virtual assistant, because it means there are options for you to get a steady stream of work, steady paychecks, and professional support and training in the field. You can become a strong assistant very quickly, and then decide if you’d like to move up in the company or branch out on your own. Just be sure never to sign a non-compete agreement if you plan to eventually go it alone.

 

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A phone (cell or landline)

A good computer/laptop that works perfectly.

At least two up to date browsers.

A good email client.

Skype or other chat software.

A good speed Internet connection.

A perfect reminder device which tells or update you about your upcoming challenges.

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Can I work on fixed schedule as a Freelance Virtual Assistant

No matter you work locally or remotely, nothing is going to work for you if you neglect the importance of a fixed schedule. Although virtual assistant allows you flexibility from your home office, that doesn’t mean you wake up suddenly at the wake of the night and start working.

 

Make a habit of working during the same hours of the day, every day. You don’t need a 9-5 schedule, but a schedule is a must to get the most out of your work. Make a schedule as per the times when you are at your best with least distractions and day in day out, work during the same hours.

 

What strategy need to build?

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How to satisfy my customer’s as a virtual assistant?

Deliver more: When was the last time you over delivered and your customer couldn’t stop singing your songs? For customers to sing your song you need to provide that rare high-quality service. So it’s always good to deliver more, surprise your customers and keep them happy.

 

Don’t always do everything to earn more and at least sometimes do for the love of it. I love making people happy and go the extra mile to deliver more than anyone expects. Go out of your way to leave a legacy in whatever you do. Make people remember you for what you’ve done rather than as a man who’s always bugging about the next paycheck.

 

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Scripting is particularly attractive for building demos related to teaching or project presentations. Such demos benefit greatly from a GUI, which offers input data specification, calls up a simulation code, and visualizes the results. The simple and intuitive syntax of Python encourages users to modify and extend demos on their own, even if you are newcomers to Python.

 

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One of the most important skills you need to build as a Python developer is to be able to run Python scripts and code. This is going to be the only way for you to know if your code works as you planned. It’s even the only way of knowing if your code works at all!

 

A Python script is a reusable set of code which is essentially a Python program or a sequence of Python instructions contained in a file. You can run the program by specifying the name of the script file to the interpreter. 

 

This step-by-step will guide you through a series of ways to run Python scripts, depending on your environment, platform, needs, and skills as a programmer. When you try to run Python scripts, a multi-step process begins. 

 

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