January 12, 2009
A few days ago, there was a link on the front page of cnn.com titled Keep your job: A 10-point survival guide. It was on the front page of the top headlines- highlighting the importance of the issue (and fear). Fear about job security is everywhere, in all types and sizes of companies, throughout all levels of employees.
A few of the points stand out prominently. They echo the advice we give our clients and are worth expanding on.
Keep your network active.
Your network includes people you have worked with in the past, met at conferences or meetings, friends, etc. You never know who may know of an open position that is prefect for you. At the same time, you will find that you can help those in similar situations. Stay in contact!
Make sure your work serves the larger goals of the organization.
Be relevant. This is advice we often give to clients. Take on tasks that not only directly relate to the company’s immediate goals, but go one step further and do the things that have to be done that no one wants to do. Sure, it may not be fun, but it will serve to highlight your value to the company. Another idea is to find solutions to problems the company has currently. Or, go one step further and find the solution to a problem the company doesn’t know it has, especially money saving solutions.
Update your skills.
This doesn’t mean that you need to spend money on classes. Stay current on industry trends and changes. Read articles, blogs, websites. Join industry related groups, and go to meetings, or participate online. Even comment on blogs (this could help expand your network!).
The main point here is – do something. Don’t let the fear freeze you. Be proactive, find ways to learn more, add value and at the same time, make yourself more valuable.