FLASH! Free agency is here to stay. If you’re not familiar with the term, free agency is a term coined by author Dan Pink in his book “Free Agent Nation”. It refers to a business marketplace where employees are independents and responsible for their career path and jobs. The days of companies protecting employees’ jobs are long gone. Companies are merging, reorganizing or disappearing all together. Employees are left to fend for themselves. The best strategy for all of us is to understand that we’re all free agents.
What does this mean to you? It means you must be marketable at all times. It means you’ll maintain a strong network for your entire working life and beyond. It means you’ll reinvent yourself several times. It means you’ll know what you’re really good at and how to continuously market yourself. You’ll create a dynamic personal brand. You’ll be highly visible on social media through Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and blogs. What all this really means is that you won’t be passive. You will be active and in charge of your career at all times.
What does free agency look like and how do you make money with this model? What about health insurance and retirement? All of these questions can be answered simply: “it’s up to you.” I know that’s not what you want to hear. We all want a simple straightforward answer. I really wish I had one. The best advice I can offer is that you start being active in your career today. Putting it off only slows your progress. Hoping and wishing that things will go back to the way they were is futile….sorry ‘bout that!