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Every company wants the same job done cheaper

I compete every day with people living in India. More and more recruiting is being done in India. They aren’t stealing jobs, they are taking advantage of their skills and work ethic. Am I frightened? A little. So far, I am much better skilled than they are, but that may change. I’m going to continue to work like crazy to stay ahead. I’m going to help others do the same. 

They can work for cheaper. Every company wants the same job done for less money. What is your advantage?

Play to your strengths is my motto. My strengths are:

  1. I communicate well
  2. People trust me
  3. I am a technology geek and quick learner
  4. Connecting unrelated things is natural for me
  5. I get things done

Your strengths are different. These are my deepest skills. What are yours? You need to know what they are to stay ahead. You should know which important skills that you’re weak in that can be used against you and work to improve them. Are you weak in people skills? Maybe you need to practice being more sociable. Are your technical skills not the best? Maybe you need to check up on the newest practices in your field.  

People will always want to steal your job. Someone in your city will also be applying to your company to steal your job. Someone from another country might be looking for your job to be outsourced to them. If you earn one dollar above the minimum your company pays, one of your coworkers wants to steal your job and pay. Get used to it.

Figure out your greatest strengths, improve them, and stay ahead.

Something to do today

List your greatest strengths. Don’t put down what you learned most recently. Don’t put down your job description. Why do people want YOU to be the person doing your job instead of someone else?

Replacing engineers with a robot that can even use Skype?

Watch out. Those simple questions that help desk folks get tired of are now being answered software robots.  They can even use a Skype like interface.  Read more here. It is the ultimate outsourcing.

What to do if your job is outsourced to California or China

If you took all the economists in America and laid them end to end from Los Angeles to New York City, they would each point in a different direction.

I heard an economist say that every time a Walmart opens in a community, that the number of jobs increases and the average pay for each job increases.  He also said that outsourcing jobs to China increases high paying jobs and wages in the USA.  The real problem is that whatever happens in the long run, in the short run people get hurt.

Here in Harrisburg, PA some high paying jobs were outsourced to California, where it costs even more to get work done.  How can that be economical?

The economist worries me much less than the jobs moving to California. Why would someone move jobs to a high cost location?  I can understand being cheap and moving them to China or Walmart.

What really happened is that companies were merging in the software field.  The one in Harrisburg, PA was not competing effectively.  Their product was looking old, slow and not very flexible.  The CA company was winning the sales game, but there were a lot of customers who wouldn’t move off the old PA platform.  The CA company bought the PA company to get the customers.  The owners of the PA company were glad they didn’t have to run their company into the ground.  The customers were pleased because they were getting a better support organization and the chance to move to the new platform. Everyone won except the workers in PA. They had to find new jobs.

They did find new jobs.  It is 12 years later. Everyone I knew in that company is now working on newer technology and earning more.

There is nothing in business as intensely fertile as an American company getting trounced by another American company. In the dying company everyone looks at their contribution to their own demise.  They then use what they learned to compete against higher paid workers.  New skills are learned.  New jobs are created.

In every dying company there are some people who re-train themselves early on and leave for better jobs.  When the old company dies, the rest of the workers then re-train or retire.  The people who re-train themselves early are better off.  They are earning more money much earlier.  They are also prepared to step away from their job into a better paying one if their job is outsourced to China or Walmart.

Doesn’t it make sense for you to constantly be re-training yourself?  Be prepared for the changes in the economy.  Someone is going to earn more and be more secure.  Shouldn’t it be you?

Something to do today

Write your accomplishments in your job journal.  Remember, your boss doesn’t really know what you do all day.  Give him a report.

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Next:   Prove it

Later:              The last thing you say in an interview

How to stop foreigners from stealing YOUR job

In 2007 the country that lost the most jobs to cheap labor markets was China.  No, it was not the USA.  Manufacturing plants are moving out of China at a record breaking speed.  They are moving into China even faster, it is true.  But, China is not the cheapest place on the globe for low skilled labor. Outsourcing is a huge problem in China, the USA, and India.

I compete every day with people living in India.  More and more recruiting is being done in India.  They aren’t stealing jobs, they are taking advantage of their skills and work ethic.  Am I frightened?  A little.  So far I am much better skilled than they are, but that may change.  I’m going to continue to work like crazy to stay ahead.  I’m going to help others do the same.

Play to your strengths is my motto.  My strengths are:

  1. I communicate well
  2. People trust me
  3. I am a technology geek and quick learner
  4. Connecting unrelated things is natural for me
  5. I get things done

Your strengths are different.  These are my deepest skills.  What are yours?  You need to know what they are to stay ahead.

Foreigners will always want to steal your job.  Someone in your city will also be applying to your company to steal your job.  If you earn one dollar above the minimum your company pays, one of your coworkers wants to steal your job. Get used to it.

Figure out your greatest strengths, improve them, and stay ahead.

Something to do today

List your greatest strengths.  Don’t put down what you learned most recently.  Don’t put down your job description.  Why do people want YOU to be the person doing your job?

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Tomorrow:           The tsunami is coming