Saturday, October 18, 2008

How to Keep Your Job

The turbulent economy may have you worried... concerned about your job... I've found a few sources of helpful information and combined them into one "list" (click thorugh the links for more detailed articles)...

Sources: The Extras Can Get You Promoted... How to Keep Your Job in a Recession... How to Keep Your Job in a Slowdown... How to Keep Your Job in Hard Times... and from a press-release issued by Dan Moran, Career Transition Management Specialist (CTMS) with Next-Act, a career management firm located in Colonie.

Dress and Groom for a Promotion

If you want to get ahead in an organization, dress and groom as if you work at the level you hope to reach next. This is not always possible, but at the very least be clean and well-groomed. Wear clothes that fit well and look good on you. Copy the clothing styles of others in the organization who are successful. Even when your coworkers see you away from the office, present the image you want for yourself at work. (And keep a high profile!)

Be Early and Stay Late (Especially if you're a relatively new employee)

Get to work early each day. Use this time to list what you plan to get done that day. Don't take long breaks. Be the workhorse, the person who doesn't complain, the employee who gets loads of work done and doesn't have conflicts with other employees or a reputation for gossip. At the end of the day, leave at least a few minutes after quitting time. Let the boss know that you are willing to stay late to meet an important deadline. If you do stay late, let the boss know!

Prepare and Plan, Always!

Keep your resume up to date.

In times of economic instability, longer-tenured workers should take advantage of the dense network of relationships they've created inside the company and begin reviving those bonds and building advocates

Be a team player

This is the time to help others, to help other departments or the company as a whole and show that you are a team player. Rather than leave it to someone else to do, take initiative and volunteer to help, be involved or otherwise be a resource. Staying in a job is also about building relationships. While it's advisable to work well with your peers, it never hurts to develop a close relationship with a mentor, particularly with someone higher up who can help keep you out of harm's way when the axman cometh.

See a need – get it done and deliver

Oftentimes it is the little things that make a difference. The phone call to a customer, sprucing up an area, attending to a task that has been just waiting to get done that makes a difference

Add Value

Be willing to take on more responsibility. Take on a special assignment. Provide suggestions. Be proactive.

Do not live in the past

What you delivered today is remembered; what you did before is frankly, old news and history. Please do not be fooled to think that your past heroics wile save you today; they will not. Live in the present – always

Learn on Your Own Time

Decide what you need to learn to get ahead or to get the job you want. Take evening classes. Instead of watching TV at home, read books and magazines on related subjects. Stay up with what is going on in your field.

Computer skills and the use of new technologies are very important. If your job does not require you to develop these skills, it is most important that you go out and learn them outside of your job. Then look for ways to use these new technologies and skills in your present job.

Keep Your Head

DON'T Get desperate. Nervous about making ends meet? You're not alone. Remember there are a lot of people who under the guise of helping you out are focused on emptying your pockets. Internet scams, get-rich-quick schemes and snake oil salesmen multiply like rabbits during turbulent times. The old saying, "If it looks too good to be true, it probably is," still applies. Before you invest in any business or person, do your homework.

Hum this tune.

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