Every day you show up for work and put in a full day’s worth of honest labor. But as you go home and settle into your well-earned sleep, you just can’t shake a few nagging doubts and concerns. Yes, your work is valuable. Yes, it makes the world better. (Or at least not worse… Or at least not MUCH worse). And yes, your employers appreciate your work enough to pay you a livable salary that’s worth the time you put in. (If they don’t, then you need another job, pronto).But something is wrong. Too many layoffs have taken place in your department lately. There are murmurs of a slowdown in this industry. Consumers just aren’t buying this product the way they used to. Somewhere in a research lab, technicians are hard at work designing an app or a robot that will someday make your job obsolete. What will you do when that day arrives? Or, a more practical question: what will you do when your position is eliminated or your hours are cut back, which could happen at any time?Here at MyPerfectResume, we hear from plenty of readers who toss and turn as they wrestle with similar worries. And in response to those readers—and to you—we offer a few considerations that might help.
1. Be the best at whatever it is you do.
Or at least one of the best. And if that isn’t a realistic option, just try not to be the very slowest runner in the pack. Invest some effort in your personal presentation, and seek opportunities to learn more about your field and expose yourself to different areas of the industry. Don’t try to skate by on the minimum. When and if the axe comes down, let it fall on the most expendable members of the team…and make sure you’re not among them.
2. Think a few moves ahead.
Don’t become entirely dependent on one thing (or worse, one person) for everything you need in order to secure your survival. If pleasing your boss is the only move in your repertoire and the only thing that protects you from disaster, branch out. Strengthen your ties with your professional network. Make more friends and cultivate a higher profile in your current workplace. Boost your online persona by becoming a thought leader and a respected voice in your field. If the link between you and your boss starts to fray (or she leaves the company suddenly, taking all of your invested social capital with her), you’ll have less to worry about.
3. Save your money.
This goes without saying. Each one of us should have at least two month’s salary in the bank in case our jobs disappear without warning. We should also have a comfortable relationship with saving, and a host of well-ingrained positive financial habits.
4. Keep your mind and heart open, always.
Too many nervous employees fear for their professions, not just their jobs. They don’t know what will become of them if their skill sets become obsolete, because they aren’t sure what else they have to offer the world, or what else they’re capable of (if anything). Don’t fall into this trap. Cultivate interests, stay awake and alive to the world around you, listen closely when other people talk about what they do, and keep in mind that you’re capable of learning and doing anything that you put your mind to. Stay flexible! There will always be a place for you in this world…you’ll just have to be ready to grow and change when the time comes.Keep your Resume UpdatedAs you visit MyPerfectResume and update your credentials, read over your document and be proud of everything you’ve accomplished. If you’ve come this far, you can go anywhere else you choose… at any time.
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