Career cushioning is the latest work trend

Cotton echoes this call for boosting your skills section. “Knowing your worth and benchmarking your skills is always good practice, even if you feel secure in your role,” she tells us. “It gives you the confidence to perform well in your position, and if you think you are being underpaid or undervalued, you can negotiate for more.

“Transferable skills will be your savior if mass layoffs hit your industry. Prepare for how the experience you have built over your career could apply to a different role in a new sector or bring value to a new employer. Take a critical look at your CV; find any skills gaps and fill them.”

There are some real benefits to keeping your eye out for opportunities and putting out feelers, too. Jones says career cushioning can give you “peace of mind and options”, if you’ll know that you have a plan of action if things go wrong.

Plus, if you do get some interest from recruiters, this can help you see your value from a perspective outside your current workplace.

Done right, career cushioning is no bad thing. Polishing up your skills and making connections is a great shout. Just make sure some casual cushioning doesn’t turn into a full-on job search that takes up a load of your time and energy – and if you can see that transition starting to happen, question why. A real desire to get out of your current position hints that something needs to change.

“Keep looking for the joy that you felt when you first took the role,” Cotton adds. “And if you can’t find it, perhaps you need to be job hunting rather than career cushioning.”

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