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Read the writing on the wall

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Don’t be blindsided by organizational upheaval. Go-getters, like detectives, watch for clues that massive changes are afoot:

1. Track meetings. Notice who attends meetings and how frequently they’re held. If you see executives convening behind closed doors who normally don’t meet, dig for more information. Check who reserved the conference room and for how long. Then watch their reactions as they leave. You may stumble onto something big, like a merger or job cuts.

2. Establish key contacts. Befriend low-profile folks who have access to confidential information. Examples include the facilities manager who might tell you he’s hastily preparing for the board of directors to meet over the weekend, or an executive secretary who hints that you should wait to ask for a raise.

3. Attend industry gatherings. It’s surprising how often news of internal upheaval leaks out. By mingling at trade association events, you can pick up pieces of information that, combined with your own observations, can indicate impending news.

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