Once you are gainfully employed, should you take down your cv?
As seen from from the viewpoint of the Candidate (Employee) and from that of the Employer.
You should not take down your CV, in fact you should keep it updated and available. Here are some reasons behind this:
You should be proud of your achievements and display these. In the connected world that we live in, we share intimate photos of our children yet struggle with the idea of sharing our achievements that put bread and butter on the table!?
You are in charge of your career, and should be steering it in a certain direction, however opportunity is not an event that is generally planned for, and you should not be depriving yourself of possible opportunities.
You will learn how to handle conversations, whether online/ telephone or face to face, that are about you while you are in a state of mind where you are desired and not desperate as you might be when out of employment. These conversations take a very different shape and yield some fantastic networking opportunities.
You will open yourself up to networking opportunities beyond the 'possible employer' scenario. As an example, you may find yourself chatting to a person in an industry that your other colleague could benefit from, you can then spot the leverage that you have and be able to profit from your network.
As an Employer, you should not feel betrayed or cheated if your current employees have their cv's on the market. And here are the reasons:
You should be employing people that want to work and succeed at your company, and not those that cant go anywhere else. If you have employees that are desired, you have a valuable person.
Your employees should be progressing in their careers, and by reviewing their cv's ever so often they will be actively thinking about their current role, duties and responsibilities.
Your greatest strength are your people, if they know you support them in their personal development, they will support you in your entrepreneurial endeavours.
As an employee do not shy away from letting your employer know that you are always on the market, and as an employer do not be scared to let go of those people that are there with your just because they have no where else to go!