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Increase Your Job Security [Fulfillment@Work]

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January 27th, 2009
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What's the best way to "fireproof" your job? It seems like every so-called expert is putting out lists of ways to avoid being laid off. In fact, I did a quick, five-minute Internet search and found one list that is extremely beneficial.

Fireproof your job: These six smart, field-tested strategies will help ensure you don't get burned by cutbacks at the office. Click here for link.

These above tips contain a sage bit of advice that can benefit all of us. It doesn't require any sacrifice, no cutting back, no additional training or extra work. In fact, you may even feel better for it. And so will those around you.

Speaking of strategies to avoid being laid off, the article I've written below offers another powerful (and painless) way to "fireproof" your job.

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Increase Your Job Security by Increasing Your Visibility

Clients often ask me, "Why should I increase my visibility? Why can't I let my work speak for itself?" My traditional response has always been, "You can't assume decision-makers are aware of your accomplishments. How can you expect to get ahead if you're not noticed?"

In light of today's difficult economy, my response has changed. I now advise clients: "How do you expect to keep your job if you're not noticed?"

As more and more companies resort to layoffs, now is not the time to hide your light under a basket. Enhancing your visibility is more important than ever!

Companies seldom jettison their top performers. They hold on to employees they perceive add the greatest value.

The challenge for you is to proactively shape those perceptions. Be aggressive at marketing yourself, your accomplishments, your value, and your potential to further contribute to your organization's success.

This may require taking risks. But, frankly, doing nothing to promote your visibility in these uncertain times may be the greatest risk of all.

Here are some ways to get noticed and to get credit for the work you do:

  1. Take on a project no one wants.
    But make sure it's an important project. This could be a project that has a direct impact on the bottom line, but doesn't have an easy solution. You'll get incredible visibility if the project is successful. Even if it fails, you will be seen as someone who made the effort and took on a challenge that no one else would.

  2. Champion new projects and ideas.
    Take on new projects or advocate new ideas that are directly tied to your company's most important goals. Demonstrate your value by exploiting sales opportunities, improving customer service, reducing expenses or simplifying processes.

  3. Add value to existing projects.
    This is about not just doing your job well, but doing an additional piece that shows your worth and brings you in-contact with other influential people.

  4. Involve your boss's boss.
    One of the most effective ways to increase visibility is to have your boss inform his or her superior about the important things you are working on, your successes, and the impact you're having in the department. Others will take notice and realize what an important commodity you are in the organization.

  5. Get on high-profile projects.
    Involve yourself in high-profile projects so your name comes up frequently (and positively) in discussions at the top levels of the company.

  6. Create "face time" with key decision-makers.
    Find the executives who have influence in the company and find ways to participate in their meetings, conference calls and interactions. The more face time you have with executives, the better the chance they will get to know you and see your value to the company.

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"It isn't just what you know, and it isn't just who you know. It's actually who you know, who knows you, and what you do for a living."
~ Bob Burg~

"If you don't get noticed, you don't have anything. You just have to be noticed, but the art is in getting noticed naturally, without screaming or without tricks."
~ Leo Burnett~

"If you watch successful brown-nosers at work you will notice that they talk far less about themselves than we tend to think and yet they seem to be relatively successful in getting a significant amount of attention which translates into promotions, raises and other perks. This is because they move the focus from themselves to others."
~ G. L. Hoffman~

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