Protecting your job

2009

With the economy in the state it is right now, anything you can do to make sure it isn't your head on the block if more cuts come is going to be welcome. article by Mary Elizabeth Bradford on JobDig.com has some very useful suggestions.

The first thing you need to do is start to track and note your accomplishments. Were you key in landing that big account? Don't be humble about it and make note of it. Did you do something that saved the company money? Make sure as many people as possible are aware of it. This is not time to sit quietly in the background.

The second thing Bradford suggests is putting yourself out there for more projects. Show managers that you have more skills than just answering the phone or doing the day-to-day stuff you always do. Show your talents by taking on additional projects and show your value.

Finally, Bradford suggests that you "find solutions." If you see a problem that maybe no one else is taking care of, this would be the time to bring it up. No matter how big or small the problem may be, if you have an idea for how it might be resolved, now is the time to let people know.

By keeping just these three things in mind you can show your managers how valuable you are as an employee. Then, should the time come when people must be cut, you are less likely to find yourself on the street.

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