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Last Friday, the
U.S. government released the nation's latest employment data. And
the numbers aren't pretty. Another 240,000 jobs were lost in October
and the unemployment rate jumped to 6.5 percent, the highest it's
been since March 1994.
an undertaker or bankruptcy attorney, it seems like no job is safe
in this uncertain economy.
If you've been
a casualty, I encourage you to read the following Newsweek article.
A number of experts (myself included) provide some sound advice on
what to do if you've lost your job.
For the rest of
you, this isn't the time to hunker down and hope you're not the next
victim. Take charge of your career! There are a number of things you
can do to reduce your chances of being laid off. I've included them
in the article below.
author of the book "Bulletproof Your Job: Four Strategies to
Ride Out the Tough Times and Come Out on Top at Work", says the
key to staying employed is:
even if it means giving up telecommuting.
Be easy, even
if it means negotiating a reduced salary.
even if it means volunteering for assignments no one else wants.
Be ready to
jump ship if opportunities outside your company become available.
Here are five
other ways to improve your chances of staying employed:
demonstrate your value to your company.
Look for opportunities
to showcase your talents and special skills. Focus your work on high
priority assignments that have the greatest impact on your company's
Don't assume your
boss (or other execs) recognize your contributions. Regularly update
your supervisor on your progress. Whenever possible, include financial
impacts, such as increased sales revenue, expense savings, etc. When
you receive compliments from clients or customers, ask them to put
it in writing so you can share them with the powers-that-be.
3. Take advantage
of "bad" times.
As companies downsize,
the "survivors" are often asked to pick up the additional
work. Understandably, this causes resentment and hard feelings. Instead
of complaining, look at this as an opportunity to increase your value
to your organization. Then, even if you are laid off, this additional
experience and responsibility will make you that much more employable.
4. Make yourself
indispensable to clients.
go out of their way to make sure their payroll cuts have the least
impact on clients. The more valuable you are to your clients (both
internal and external) the more secure your job will be.
5. Be positive.
and maintain a positive attitude. Not only will you be more productive
(and perceived as adding more value than the complainers), you'll
also live longer. One study showed that optimistic people had a 55
percent lower risk of death from all causes and 23 percent lower risk
of death from heart failure.
mistake you can make is to believe you are working for somebody else.
Job security is gone. The driving force of a career must come from
the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your
CEO's who slash jobs so proud of themselves? Instead of bragging about
'cutting fat,' they ought to be getting up before their employees
and saying, 'We did such a lousy job of planning and hiring that we
have more people than work. And we are so broke and so dim-witted
that we can't come up with any way to get more work. So our only solution
is to send a lot of good people home. I am ashamed and I am sorry.'"
one thing is to be one of those people who gets a lot of work done
very well, very fast. Don't be scared into submission by all the downsizing
activity. That's exactly the wrong message to take."
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