Layoff-Proof Your Job!

If you’re going to keep your job in this economy, you will have to make yourself indispensable to the company you work for.  How you do that involves many factors, including integrity, a strong work ethic, morality and some other personal and professional qualities.



Sit back for a moment and ask yourself the following questions:


If your answers are an emphatic, “Yes!” to all questions, except the last bullet item, then you’ve made a good effort to keep your job.  There are other actions, however, you’ll need to incorporate to stand out, and become indispensable and layoff-proof. 


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Ask yourself the following additional questions.  Deliberate carefully and honestly before you respond.



Again, if you answered, “Yes.” to all of these, too, you are well on your way to keeping your current position, and even positioning yourself for a promotion. 


If you think you are indispensable, though, you better think again.  There are many who thought they were irreplaceable who are now standing in the unemployment lines.  That means you’re going to have to step outside of that cubicle and see the bigger picture of the employment world.


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Room for Improvement

Even if you’re the subject matter expert, your position can be replaced by outsourcing.  How many times have we seen that happen?  No matter how excellent your qualifications, there have to be other alternatives that you take into consideration.  You have to ensure you have a job going forward, even if your current position is eliminated.  Also, you need to realize that no matter how well you do your job, there is always, always room for improvement.

Take a gander at the suggestions below as to how you can make the need for your skills more obvious:



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Here are some behaviors that might make you stand out in your job retention efforts:


Careers Surviving the Recession


The upside to the current job market is that there are positions that will survive the recession with fervor.  The U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics lists the fastest growing occupations in America, and includes the highest level of training that is typically required for each.


Some of these professions may surprise you.  Here are their top 10:


Layoffs and bankruptcy are the top two reasons why unemployment lines are overflowing with warm bodies today.   Be ready for anything.  Regardless of how your current job plays out, make sure you keep an updated resume on hand.  You may need it in the near future. 


Keep your eye out for other job possibilities in case yours becomes a casualty.  Post your resume on all major online job boards, especially if it appears that layoffs are eminent.  You never know what the future holds, and you sure do want to be as prepared as possible for what may come.