How quickly times change. Only a few short months ago, business was booming and demand for dynamic, go-getting professionals (people just like you) was at an all-time high. In those happy times, getting a new job could be as easy as having lunch with one of the recruitment execs who called up every couple of weeks. Even if the position looked risky, the balmy business climate made your chances of coming out on top good.
Now, of course, the picture isn't quite so rosy. But even though the economy is in the doldrums, there's no reason why your professional star shouldn't remain in the ascendant. Instead of waiting for the phone to ring, take some tips from the trade and manage your own career. After all, success in a downturn means taking the time to make the right decision (get it wrong and 'last in, first out' may apply), and you know your own mind better than anyone else. Here's the MT guide to becoming your own agent, headhunter and marketing director, all in one. Try it, says DAVID BUTCHER, and you could find yourself much better placed when the upturn finally comes along.