Newsletter April 2018
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Some surprises—like donuts in the break room—are awesome. Other surprises—like a sudden round of layoffs—are a little less sweet. When it comes to losing your job, you never want to be caught by surprise. Stay alert to these layoff warning signs:
1. You don’t have enough to do. Over the past several years, the average work week for people in the document imaging industry has hovered between 55 and 60 hours for most job categories – most people are busy. So if you find yourself suddenly twiddling your thumbs, it may be a sign that your skills are no longer being utilized or that your workload has been intentionally decreased by your managers.
2. You see your own job posted online. This happens more than you would think. If you notice that your company has placed an employment listing for a job that sounds suspiciously like yours, it’s probably time to start polishing up your resume.
3. Your company is sold or makes major changes. The days of merger mania may be behind us, but there is still a fair amount of consolidation and restructuring happening in this industry. If your company gets purchased, makes changes in leadership or starts bringing in consultants, it’s prudent to prepare for the worst – even if you’ve been told that your job is safe. Keep a lookout for layoff euphemisms like “downsizing,” “reorganizing,” “streamlining” or “workforce rebalancing” following a major company change. And if you work for a larger company, you should familiarize yourself with your state’s Department of Labor website – a company must post a WARN notice there 60 days in advance of a mass layoff.
4. You’re out of the loop. If your colleagues stop consulting you on the sorts of matters they have typically consulted you on… be wary. This is a good sign that you have lost the trust and confidence of your collaborators. In particular, watch out for changes in the company’s training program – if they stop investing in you or updating your skills, your job might not have much of a future.
5. You receive a poor performance review. A poor performance review isn’t necessarily the end of the world… but then again, it could be. If your employer has told you you’re not performing at an acceptable level, it’s probably time for you to shape up or ship out.
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Canon USA‘s President and COO, Yuichi Ishizuka, was appointed President and CEO of Canon Europe, Middle East and Africa. Kazuto Ogawa to succeed Ishizuka as new President and COO for Canon USA. Joe Adachi, current Chairman and CEO of Canon USA, Inc. thanked Ishizuka “for his strong leadership, visionary spirit and tireless dedication to Canon” and welcomed Ogawa and is looking forward to “working alongside him as we continue to cement our status as an imaging leader.”
Ricoh Americas appointed Joji Tokunaga as the new CEO, effective immediately. Tokunaga believes, “Ricoh’s global transformation is not only on the path to success, but it’s one that has encouraged us to take a look back at our history of innovation” and is “looking forward to leading our Americas team further down our transformation path and helping these valued organizations reach their goals.”
The new Toshiba Chairman and CEO, Nobuaki Kurumatani, took office Monday – the first outsider appointed to the role in over 50 years. Kurumatani came to Toshiba from his previous role as President of CVC Asia Pacific Japan. “I believe that helping Toshiba back on its feet is my true calling,” Kurumatani stated. “I am here at Toshiba to support change and transformation, and I see my role as to build on the company’s resilience and to lead its recovery. To secure growth, we must radically improve our earning power and reinforce our finances. We must move out of our comfort zone and promote fundamental reforms.”
Read more news from around the industry on our News & Resources page.
Our readers respond to last month’s poll question
Last month, we discussed tips for updating your resume so we were curious to hear whether you maintain a current resume. We had a good turnout of 6,192 votes this month!
Most respondents said they keep an up-to-date resume (57%), whether they are actively looking for work (32%) or not (25%). 16% said they could update their resumes pretty quickly while another 16% said their resumes would need some serious work. The remaining 11% have never needed a resume to get a position.
As any of our recruiters will tell you, it’s always best to keep your resume as fresh as possible, regardless of whether you’re actively looking at the moment. For one thing, you don’t want to have to scramble when opportunity comes knocking. For another, getting your updated resume out there makes it more likely for a recruiter with an opportunity to find you.
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- Yes, I'm actively looking (32%, 2,011 Votes)
- Yes, I'm not looking but am prepared for opportunities (25%, 1,569 Votes)
- No, my resume needs serious work (16%, 1,010 Votes)
- No, but I could update it quickly (16%, 1,001 Votes)
- No, I've never needed a resume to get a position (10%, 601 Votes)
Total Voters: 6,192 (March 1, 2018 @ 12:07 pm - March 30, 2018 @ 11:07 am)
Some comments from y’all:
- “I’m not actively looking, but if you’re not at least ready for opportunity to strike, you’re doing yourself a disservice.”
- “I updated my resume about 8 months ago as a professional hybrid technician and a recruiter found me and put me with my current employer at a higher pay rate, better working conditions and incentives for raises. I had been with my old company for almost 22 years. But the environment had become so toxic that being pursued and valued made perfect sense, even at 55 years old. Update your resume, no reason not too!”
- “You should always keep your resume up to date. You never know when you need to hand it out. Plus you can not forget if you update it regularly.”
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- Great! Our techs are fully qualified in IT/networking services (46%, 4,508 Votes)
- Ok, but our techs had to learn some things on the fly (40%, 3,902 Votes)
- Terrible, our techs haven't been trained to provide the services sold by our company (9%, 915 Votes)
- Nonexistent, they hired new IT/networking techs & aren't training our existing break/fix techs (3%, 318 Votes)
- Not applicable, my company doesn't offer MPS/MNS (1%, 66 Votes)
Total Voters: 9,709 (March 30, 2018 @ 12:01 am - May 1, 2018 @ 7:05 pm)