"The true definition of job security in the new world order sits at the intersection of employer trust and ambition."
You like the quote? Me quoting myself? Looks official, right?
Maybe this one is better:
"He got that ambition, baby look in his eyes
This week he mopping floors, next week it's the fries"
I came up with that first quote because two of my friends have recently written about job security and ambition. First, hoops buddy Steve Boese recently wrote about the willingness of companies to allow moonlighting. Then my FOT cohort Tim Sackett wrote about the fact that Job Secrity is much higher on your employee's list of desired workplace characteristics than HR pros think it is.
Both good reads, so go check them out.
For me, job security is available to anyone. But it's not your father's job security. It's having enough ambition/curiosity to have other irons in the fire while you work a full time job. More and more employers are open to that arrangement, mainly because I suspect they know that any talk of being fully committed to the company is hollow. They'll drop you in a New York minute if economic conditions suggest it's necessary, so why sweat the kids for being entrepreneurial?
Visible example from entertainment - we used to see band members stick with one band, right? I wrote last week about my trip to Vegas and my surprise that Nine Inch Nails completely crushed Soundgarden. Well, he's another angle from the Nine Inch Nails File. I looked the drummer up and found the following:
Ilan Rubin (born July 7, 1988) is a American multi-instrumentalist, who is known primarily for playing drums with bands such as Lostprophets, Nine Inch Nails, Angels & Airwaves and Paramore. He also has his own solo project called The New Regime.
Rubin's a 26 year old kid. He's doing his thing and is employed and connected in some way to four active bands. Those employers don't get their feelings hurt.
Rubin's a good example from the entertainment world of how much more moonlighting is tolerated across all types of workplaces. Sure, he's an independent contractor, but that's what it takes to be secure.
You're not going to get that 30 year anniversary watch, unless you're working at a Fortune 100 company. Job security? It's available for anyone that wants to have more than one job.
And that's the rub. Only the most aggressive need apply for today's form of security. Companies can't provide it. It's up to you.