Feeling blindsided by a merger announcement? You’re in good company. Getting the news that your employer is merging with another business can terrify even the most competent employee.
Instead of letting fear take over, try something a little different. A little more radical. Embrace the power of change (and be prepared for all possible scenarios)! Follow our guide to what you should do now, and we promise, the fear might not go away completely, but you will feel more in control.
Revamp Your Resume
First things first, break out your resume and look it over. When was the last time you updated it? What about your LinkedIn? Now is the time to refresh your bio, add your current work experience to your resume, and take the time to think about what you might want to do if you weren’t where you are now.
Note: This is not a time to panic and start sending your resume out. It’s just a chance to refresh it so you’re ready if you need it. Think of it as being proactive so you can avoid being reactive later.
Touch Base with Your Network
Staying in touch with your network is just good business, regardless of what your employment situation is. Your connections can act as a lifeline, but they do have to be nurtured for the best results. Now that you’ve got a little pep in your step (thanks, fear-inspired adrenaline), reach out to those people you’ve been putting off.
Don’t make it about the merger; just check in. Go out for coffee or lunch. Follow up and see how they’re doing. You can talk about the merger, but don’t bring it up first thing and don’t make it the central focus. Listen for pain points when the person talks. Is there something you can do to help them? If there is, and it’s within your capabilities, do it.
Stay Focused on the Current Workload
It’s hard, and sometimes it feels near impossible, but the last thing you want to do right now is start neglecting your work. Ever heard the saying ‘fake it til you make it’? That’s your new motto. You might not feel excited to go to work anymore. You might be full of dread some days. But you can get through it.
Keep your energy up and continue to do your job with positivity and passion. It’s only going to make you look better. People with the power to change your career trajectory might not notice how great you’re doing, but they will notice if your job starts to suffer. Look like an asset by staying the course and doing great work.
Waiting for the other shoe to drop is tough, and sometimes, it never does. Instead of imagining the worst, try to imagine the best possible outcome. Maybe, thanks to this merger, your company will finally have the capacity to add more leadership positions. And perhaps you’ll have the chance to advance. Maybe you will get a new boss, one who’s even better than the last, and your old boss will get promoted.
You just never know what’s going to happen after a merger. As scary as that can be, it’s also an opportunity for growth. Challenge yourself to remain patient, find the silver linings, and keep a positive attitude. It will pay off one way or another.