As I’m transitioning to a new job, I’ve been slowing down temporarily and including some guest posts. This guest post comes from Tricia Wagner of Destroy Debt.
It’s official, we are in a recession and more and more people face the fear of losing their jobs. It is one thing to deal with the shaky economy while employed, quite another ballgame if you find yourself joining the ranks of newly unemployed. Although no one is guaranteed employment in today’s economic climate, there are ways you can improve you chances of staying on the payroll. If you want to stay out of debt or stop the downward spiral into further debt, securing a steady paycheck is the first step toward financial security.
If you are losing sleep over the prospect of losing your job do yourself a favor, stop worrying and start acting. The economy may be slowing, but you cannot allow yourself that luxury if you want to keep your current job or if you are searching for a new one.
Mind your manners
Still worrying or getting stressed out over job security? It’s understandable but don’t let it get you down. Now more than ever you need to present a positive and productive image. Keep in mind that your co-workers and maybe even your boss could be sharing the same concerns. Take this opportunity to show that you can keep your cool and remain confident in the face of uncertainty.
Increase your visibility
Many of us would like to think that we are irreplaceable when in reality everyone is expendable, especially if your company is cutting costs. You will want to step up your game and make sure you are arriving to work on time, putting your best foot forward and making solid contributions to the company. If you have the time and ability to do so volunteer to take on additional responsibilities, but only if you are confident you can handle the extra work. You don’t want to blindly agree to anything thrown your way only to find out you won’t be able to complete the work as promised. This is a time to get the job done and prove you are an employee who is willing to work outside the box to get things done.
Take a class to improve your skills
Unless you are fresh out of college, consider taking a class or course to boost your skill set. You want to remain competitive and refreshing your education or building on it will benefit you in numerous ways either at your current job or your future position.
Be prepared for all possibilities
Minding your manners, increasing your visibility and refreshing your skills are all things you can do to prove to your employer that you are committed to the company and your position. Unfortunately that might not be enough. Sometimes getting laid off is unpreventable and nothing you do will change the end result. That is why preparing yourself for all possibilities might be the most important thing you can do. If you have the slightest indication that your company is considering letting people go, don’t wait until you are called into the bosses office to think of plan B. Update your resume; reach out to people in your network to get the work out you may be looking for new opportunities.