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Fortune's 5 Tips For Keeping Your Job

Fortune's 5 Tips For Keeping Your Job

Previously, I said that foreclosure should be the word of the year, but I'm thinking that I should have said "layoff" instead. Depressing as it may be, big companies are continuing large layoffs through this holiday season and I can't figure out a better time to figure out the formula for holding on to the jobs we have. Fortune says there are five main points to consider when protecting yourself from job loss, and I'd like to think the respected business publication knows its stuff.

  1. Be visible. It's not enough to work hard, advises Fortune: "Unless you know that what you're doing is appreciated and noticed, don't bother."
  2. Don't be a maverick. Right now, managers "are looking to focus on what's core. This is not the time to throw yourself in an unauthorized direction."

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  1. Manage yourself. If your boss is overworked and anxious, "find work for yourself: Take on a new project or make another visible contribution."
  2. Network. According to the story, "people tend to become more insular. Make sure you're having two networking meetings a week outside the office."
  3. Don't blow off the Christmas party. Since holiday parties are being scaled back, "if you still have one, your boss probably had to fight for it — and may take it personally if you skip it."


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Advah Advah 8 years
These are great tips. I made a few life changing decisions a week ago and happened to have my 8 months appraisal shortly after that - I definitely agree with these ideas. Syako, the way I see those points is 1. Sometimes people don't notice you work hard. It's worth mentioning here and there to your boss that you've done all these things, and not just what you're working on right now. I've realised my boss really appreciates knowing what I do at work - not to check I'm not being lazy, but so that he has an idea of how I deal with workloads, how I prioritise tasks... He also feels I'm more involved in my work if I take the time to tell him how I approach work. 2. Don't do something your boss told you not to do, or something that works against the company's current project. 3. Finding work for yourself doesn't mean doing something you shouldn't - start working on a project that wasn't specifically allocated to you. In other words, anticipate or show you're proactive. Lainetm - great points! Talking to the admin staff is a good way to hear about their frustration, what decisions influenced them directly.. After all the secretarial staff rules the office, you want to know how their work goes as well.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
Oh, I'd add a corollary to rule 2: Don't offer answers / solutions that management is not willing to hear. It just ticks them off. That includes statements that may be misinterpreted in a negative manner. :waves: I'm guilty of this one. Did it again this past week. Note to self: Don't suggest that contracted staff is a potential area for cost reductions when a lot of the managers you work with *are* contracted staff. They might take it personally :oops:
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 8 years
"do NOT go in "unauthorized direction" do take "on a new project"" Sy: I don't think those are necessarily contradictory. I would read that as: expend extra effort in established areas. For instance, I tend to isolate myself in my cubicle and do a lot of data review and worksheet updates. However, the projects that I'm supporting don't usually see all of that. Things I could do, incorporating rules 1 through 4, are: -- Print and distribute the summary sheets and points of concern from my workbooks. (My workbooks are generally more detailed and easier to read than the system-generated reports.) -- Discuss with the project managers items that I am investigating, and why. As noted above, they can't appreciate my efforts if they don't know that I'm working on their behalf. -- Just walk around the office and check in with people (usually support/secretarial staff) to see how things are going. When I find the time to do this, I sometimes turn up issues that I can take care of before they become real problems.
bunnyOhare bunnyOhare 8 years
I don't think 2 and 3 are contradictory. I think in most businesses, there are always more things on the "to do" list than are being done at any given time. Number 2 means don't go off creating a new thing for the to do list while number 3 is about taking the initiative to start a task *already* on the to do list. At least that's a simplified version of what I think it means :)
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
I agree, sy.
syako syako 8 years
this is what I thought was contradictory: do NOT go in "unauthorized direction" do take "on a new project" I guess the way I saw it was in one sense they're saying keep doing the same old thing don't do something you weren't asked/authorized to do... and then in the next they're saying do something new. So basically, numbers 2 and 3 are contradictory to me.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
I think 1-3 is not contradictory. I think being visible is being a participating party within your company, so many times people want to fade into the background or not be noticed, you should try for time with your boss at least twice a month to touch base and should keep the lines of communication open or an FYI’s on e-mails and even status reports; and so forth. I think being a maverick refers to not funding or asking to fund a project in which you are the lead instead focus on your core duties and shine at them – if you are asked to take on more work take it because that makes you visual but not going off costing money doing your own thing as a maverick. I think managing yourself and your projects is key in any job, you may have a micromanager but if they are worried about you all the time then they will be on your back that is why you have to be visual and keep them up to date before they even ask. I hope I was understandable if not please ask.
ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
these are all rally good things to think about. sometimes it's just making sure that the head honchos know your name and see that you're valuable, since they are more likely to keep someone that everyone knows works hard rather than someone else that no one even really remembers. networking is one of the best things anyway, since you never know when you're going to need to find something that people can help you out with.
krae85 krae85 8 years
but... mavericks are cool..
syako syako 8 years
I feel like numbers 1-3 kind of contradict each other. One says be noticed, one says don't experiment or try new things and the other says make up stuff to do. :shrug: So what is it? :P
bibiruby82 bibiruby82 8 years
Despite my unemployment as of late, had I been employed now, I would definitely keep this maverick rule in mind since I have a tendency to be one when I see fit. Given the state that our economy is in, it's silly to be one.
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