Wednesday, March 18, 2009
There have been a lot of layoffs due to the recession nationwide. The unemployment rate among college educated workers jumped 41% over the past year. But there are some things you can do if you think layoffs are looming at your company.
1) Stand up and step up. Make sure higher ups know you by solving problems and taking on high profile projects. The invisible guy is the first to go. Just doing your job will isn't enough. Volunteer for assignments nobody wants.
2) Be a money maker. The easiest jobs to cut are usually the ones that cost the company money. So make sure your job either helps generate a new revenue stream or helps the company cut costs. Look for ways to add to the company's bottom line.
3) Don't be a Debbie-Downer. Nobody likes a complainer. Layoffs give managers a chance to get rid of people who make their lives difficult. So be positive. Sometimes you have to kiss a little rear to get the front.
4) Increase your value. Keep on top of advance in your field. Try to expand your expertise beyond your core area.
5) Go beyond your job description. Look for trouble spots you can help fix. Pitch in when extra hands are needed. Learn new skills that make you too valuable to let go. If you can do your job and "Bob's", the boss is more likely to "Bob" go if "Bob" only has one skill.