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Work yourself out of a job

by Randall Craig on January 9, 2007

Filed in: Blog, Career Planning, Make It Happen Tipsheet, Professional Services, Recruitment

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What would happen if you planned for your own obsolescence? What if you changed your job so that you were no longer required in that role?

  • You wouldn’t be considered as “critical”, and therefore could be considered for other positions.
  • With the extra time you have available, you can redefine your own job to include new challenges.
  • You would be available for career-enhancing special projects.
  • You might become eligible for a generous severance package.

With all of these positive possibilities, why would you not consider this approach?

For one thing, sometimes change is tough. You’re comfortable and successful doing what you do. Making a change means exposing yourself to risk. And if you do get that generous severance, you will need to go through the uncertainty of a job search. Nevertheless, if you are keen on getting yourself to the next level, this is one way to do so. And it doesn’t need to happen overnight: you can work yourself out of a job in three months – or thirty.

Here are some ideas to start:

  • Groom your staff to take certain of your key responsibilities.
  • Evolve yourself from a manager to a coach.

With your manager’s support, stop doing unnecessary, zero-value-add activities

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Randall Craig

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Randall has been advising on Web and Social Strategy since 1994 when he put the Toronto Star online, the Globe and Mail's GlobeInvestor/Globefund, several financial institutions, and about 100+ other major organizations. He is the author of seven books, including the recently released "Everything Guide to Starting an Online Business", and speaks across North America on Social Media and Web Strategy. More at and

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