Sunday, January 4, 2009

There are going to be a lot of layoffs this year. Here's how to protect your job.

There are going to be a lot of layoffs this year, so I thought this post would be helpful. If you're well enough to work full-time, try and protect yourself so you don't lose your health benefits. Here are steps that Money magazine lays out to protect your job (or your spouse's job) during this recession.
Fireproof Your Job (Money Feb. 2009 p.80-84)
1. Increase your value; keep on top of advances in your field and expand your expertise beyond your core area.
2. Go beyond your job description; look for problem spots that you can help fix. And pitch in whenever extra hands are needed.
3. Stand out and step up; Make sure higher-ups know you by solving problems and taking on high-profile projects.
4. Don't be a Debby downer; hang out with the people the boss respects the most. The halo of their good reputation may extend to you.
5. Be a money maker; share client leads or ideas to generate revenue even if that's not part of your responsibilities.

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