Yes, my friend. Yes – You – Can…keep your job in a recession (sorry for borrowing your line, Mr. Obama). However, you really can preserve your job in this economy. How can you do this? Read on…it’s really not as hard as you think to keep your job! But your job will require you to truly focus on your job each and every day.
Most important to understand – This is the time to become “indispensable!” There are a number of ways you can accomplish this. Now that layoffs have become commonplace – it’s important for you and your job in this recession to become “too important” to be let go. Let me tell you – you won’t get any help on this mission from others. Over many years I’ve seen many folks that are into the “job security thing” not willing to share their knowledge or wisdom helping others so they can preserve their “own skin.” This used to be a sign of “insecurity.” They want you to fail and for themselves to succeed. Now is the time for you to “stand-out” and be the Expert that everyone seeks out…albeit without being too obvious about your mission. Now is the time to distinguish yourself as the expert in your job and the person that management “can’t do without” if they personally wish to survive themselves! As the old saying goes, “Desperate times require desperate measures!” Take note of my suggestions for you to do just that.
Okay – Let me tell me how to do this! The recession is here now, and you need to know how to keep your job!
Well, my friend – this is going to be pretty simple, and you’ll soon reap the rewards of these suggestions. Here we go:
Tip Number One -Be early and work late
Tip Number Two -Don’t complain
Tip Number Three -Always talk positive even though things look glum.
Tip Number Four – Do the best you can at each and every job
Tip Number Five – Check back later with your boss (including “other” supervisors or managers in the office) to see if anything else needs completed (a way of showing you’ve completed “all previously assigned tasks…thus cleverly demonstrating your eagerness, work ethic, and willingness to go the extra mile!). This is a disguised way of becoming your own cheerleader. Nobody else will cheer you on – and this way you only appear as though you want to “help out” in anyway you possibly can. This method demonstrates not only complete “deference” to your boss but also that you are a hard worker. And you will be cheerleading yourself in a semi stealth manner. Ask if there is anything else needing your attention before you cash in the day. You’ll soon be recognized as the “go-to” individual that your boss can get things done.
Tip Number Six – Become the expert! Become an expert at some aspect of your job. Once you’ve mastered one part then go to the next part of the job and learn that part too. The more you know, and the more you are the “go-to” person…the more likely you will be considered indispensable.
Tip Number Seven – Be a problem solver – Fix the problem, but also offer “cloaked extras” to your boss. For example – offer your assistance or help with “anything” that your boss has suggested is a problem. You’ll be endearing yourself to your boss without appearing obvious.
Tip Number Eight – Make your superior’s life “easier” in any way you can. Take upon yourself “any” task, job, request, etc. You will soon become the person that the boss can rely upon to “step up to the plate” and cover his inadequacies.
Tip Number Nine – Become your own Cheerleader. Market yourself. How? Folks – as the old saying goes, you’re going to have to “toot your own horn.” Obviously you can’t be looked upon as a braggart. But as you develop relationships with those you perform work for…they can become your best cheerleaders. Sometimes (after you’ve developed a relationship) you can ask them to send to your boss an email, make a phone call, or write a letter to describe how helpful you’ve been to them. Most workers do a good job, but it usually is taken for granted. The more people you know, the more high level people that know “your name,” and the more folks that tout your skills will soon establish you as someone the company wants to keep around.
Tip Number Ten – Never say no. If you are asked to do something, if you are asked to work overtime, if you are asked to perform anything – happily and willfully say “yes.” This will establish you in your job as someone that the boss can “always” depend on. It won’t take long for your boss to know who takes care of him or her in a pinch. Don’t say no – just do it! And do it with a smile. And afterwards make sure you let your boss know that the job has been handled and the customer is happy, and that it has been taken care of. This will further show you as someone that “must” be part of the organization.
So – sound like hard work? Perhaps these recommendations sound like a stretch, but if you follow these suggestions you’ll soon be recognized as someone that the boss can depend on. If it comes down to the boss picking folks for a layoff – don’t you think you’d be one of the first one’s salvaged based on your work ethic and willingness to go the extra mile?
Today is uniquely different. I’m sure you understand that we all fear losing our job with everything going on with today’s economy. So begin “building” your foundation “now” for keeping your job when your boss is faced with tough decisions about staff reductions.