“Wachovia plans to cut 600 more jobs than previously expected; total now 11,350″ -Yahoo.com August 11, 2008
“Looming job cuts march on-report: The number of job cuts announced in July jumps 26%. Airlines and financial firms top the list, according to monthly study” -CNNMoney.com August 4, 2008
“Deepening Cycle of Job Loss Seen Lasting Into ’09” -New York Times July 2, 2008
Where and when does it end? The speculation over recession, the mortgage meltdown, the banking crisis brought on by greed, and the worries that accompany these problems permeate the national consciousness.
Economic change and political transition are everywhere in America right now. Looming layoffs, election hopes, and uncertainty of our country’s direction have produced a paranoia amongst American’s for the health and welfare of their futures.
Make Yourself Invaluable
1. Your work ethic is the best way to keep your job, if you really enjoy your work, by making yourself an asset that your company can not live without. Be invaluable
2. Be versatile to the point where you can do your job with a high level of expertise as well as other valuable jobs within your organization. If layoffs come, the person with the largest skill set is often in the best position to remain unscathed
3. Ask for more responsibility, more work, and do it now. Make sure your positive attitude is seen as a benefit to the organization–don’t remain undercover instead be your own PR person
Increase Your Expertise
4. Read cover to cover your industry trade publications, online resources, and niche blogs within your industry
5. Read as many books possible about related subjects
6. Take classes and workshops for hands on training and comprehension
7. Utilize the internet search engines for extensive research
8. Attend trade shows and industry conferences
9. Join organizations, professional associations, and niche specific networking groups