Can Your Job Survive The Recession

Posted on January 5, 2009 @ 3:27 am
by Craig Calvin

With unemployment rates climbing to a whopping 5.7 percent and almost daily reports of industry giants closing their doors, many of us have that queasy feeling of impending doom in the pit of our stomach. And unless we’re lucky enough to be in a “recession-proof” career (if there’s such an animal), the lingering question on all of our minds is whether or not our jobs are safe in these tough times.

While there are no guarantees, there are some things that you can do to help ensure your job security. The most important thing is probably to just be the best employee that you can be. Go out of your way to make yourself highly visible at work, especially to supervisors. Make every effort to set yourself apart by going above and beyond what is expected. Every company has expendable positions, so try to work your way into one that provides job security. This may involve something as simple as arriving early and leaving late. But at the very least you should “own” and live the company’s mission and goals if you are to be considered less indispensable than others.

This is the time for you to jump in and become more of a team player. You should do everything possible to assure your contributions are noticed and acknowledged. It is often the corporate offices located elsewhere that make decisions on hiring and firing. You’re possibly nothing more than a number to them, so whatever you can do locally to impress your supervisor will be to your advantage.

So, here are some proactive steps to take while you still have your job. Update and revamp your resume. Polish up your interviewing skills. Consider your options. Do you have the skills to move smoothly into another career if necessary? Or will you need to go back to school for more training? Begin networking to let folks know that you may be looking for a job soon. Start circulating your resume to local companies and online career sites.

It may seem like the possibility of losing your job can be debilitating, but there are things you can do to minimize its impact. Avoid making large purchases and make sure you sign up for credit insurance so that some of your bills can be covered. If you can manage it, try to set aside some money for a rainy day. And know that unemployment will likely be available to you, even though the amount maxes out these days at about $330 per week. If the working world leaves you aside, try to keep your head up and consider the positives. After every thunderstorm there is always sunshine.

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