As unemployment continues to rise and jobs are getting harder to come by, here are 10 ways that you increase your chances of keeping your job in this economy.
1. Be visible
Make sure people understand what you do and how you add value. A good idea is to hand deliver any reports or papers. That way you will get the credit and some face-time. Also, send around e-mails to your team with interesting articles.
2. Stay current
Add to your skills by taking courses in whatever is being offered that will make you more valuable at work. One of the most important ways of keeping your job is showing the company you have something to offer that will make them money. Stay current on industry events, changes and news. Read newspapers and trade magazines.
3. Show value
Look for areas that need improvement and offer suggestions to fix them. Show initiative by pitching new projects. Even if your manager doesn't use your ideas, he/she will remember that you had them.
4. Make yourself available
Let your boss know that you are willing to do more work. Ask to help or take over a project that you know your manager doesn't have the time to do. When you take the lead and offer your assistance, you increase your value to your employer. You become someone that they can count on.
5. Sell yourself
Document your achievements and share the information with your manager through appraisals and informal conversations. If your clients are pleased with your work, remind them to inform your manager about it. Most clients are more than happy to sing the praises of someone who deserves it.
6. Network internally
People think about networking when looking for a new job, but don’t forget to network within your current company. It is a great way to find out about opportunities in other areas of the company. Join professional organisations that relate to your industry and check out LinkedIn where you can search, find, and network with co-workers and other industry players.
7. Don’t complain
Avoid complaining about your colleagues or gossiping about your manager. Any negative talk about the company or people you work for can seriously hurt your chances of holding onto your job.
8. Have good work habits
Get yourself noticed in a good way. You want your manager to see that you work hard and do the job they hired you to do and more. Don’t get noticed for coming in late or taking extra long lunches or breaks. Make sure you don't miss important deadlines or get caught making or taking personal calls. This is common sense but it happens all the time.
9. Be a team player
People who are willing to get involved to help out, are the ones who will be retained. Pitch in and be a team player. Take on duties that no one is doing because the individual in that role was made redundant.
10. Be prepared
Be prepared in case you do get made redundant, it can happen to anyone. Even if you’re not actively looking for a job, it pays to keep your CV updated. Add your new responsibilities, changes in job title and professional associations.