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keeping your job in bad times.

yeh, we just had a round of layoffs at my company... really sad to see some of the guys go (many of which are good friends of mine now). it's been the first time i've experienced anything like that. the chart above is from techcrunch. here's an article i came across recently. it could actually save your job if you're in doubt.

1. Create successes for yourself. They needn't be earthshaking. "Just getting to the gym and working out when you didn't feel like it will do," even if you have to squeeze it in at 5 a.m. says Bright. "When there's a lot of negativity around, you need to find ways to feel successful."

2. Set 30-day and 60-day goals. Share them with your boss and then, as you get closer to your targets, update him or her on that, too. "Not only will measurable progress keep you upbeat and creative," Bright notes, but in practical terms, "your boss needs to know what his department is accomplishing, so he has ammunition if someone wants to chop it in half." Gulp.

3. Watch your attitude. "A pessimistic, bleak attitude makes it hard for people to work with you," Bright says. "And why be miserable eight hours a day, anyway?"

4. Keep your network active. "People always talk about networking, but they don't do it," says Bright. "I ask my clients to give me the names of five people they want to stay in touch with, and then make a plan for how they're going to do that, whether it's lunch or just a phone call." Always bring something of value to the conversation, even if it's just a tidbit of information or the name of a useful contact.

5. Update your skills. "Take a class, read a book, keep up with trade publications," Bright says. "You always want to be up-to-the-minute informed about what's going on in your industry that could affect you."

6. Make sure your work serves the larger goals of the organization. Take on as many responsibilities as you can, "especially the tasks no one else wants, like reporting to regulators," Bright suggests. "I had a client who did this and dodged a layoff." A word of caution, however: "At some point, do teach someone else how to do the extra tasks you've taken on, or you'll never, ever get to take a vacation."

7. For now, forget about work-life balance. A major preoccupation when the economy was humming along nicely, "having time for outside interests has to go right out the window now," says Bright. "You need to concentrate on doing whatever it takes to make yourself indispensable."

8. Take a hard look at your finances. Do you have the resources to coast through a seven- or eight-month (or longer) job hunt? If not, it's time to put yourself on a budget and stick to it. "And talk to your mate about finances," urges Bright. "Many high-ranking executives don't" - and then face shock and resentment at home when money gets tight.

9. Never badmouth anyone. "If you can't be positive toward someone at work, be neutral," says Bright. "In the next reorganization, the person you were trash-talking could be your new boss, and then you're gone."

10. Remember, in the knowledge economy, you are the product. So take care of yourself. Get enough sleep, eat right, and take time to work out a few times a week. "I had one client who was so nervous about everything that was happening around him, he gained 20 pounds," says Bright. "That's not good for your health - and if you do have to get out there and market yourself, being overweight won't do wonders for your confidence, either." In this job market, if heaven forbid you're plunged into it, you'll need all the confidence you can muster.

right now i'd like to get a couple things for the condo, but perhaps i should stay conservative. never know what could happen. better to be safe in these times. see the original article here.


Jess said...

hmm, practical advice. but where's the post for those searching for jobs? you know, post graduation ...

jeffwongdesign said...

that's a really good question. actually, 7-8 years ago was when i was applying for my first real job out of college. that was during the dot com bubble burst and sept 11th. somehow i managed to get a good job because of the personal connections i had with people... and i was really persistent.

i recommend starting off with linked in. your position is also really unique... when a company hires someone right now, they're looking for someone who can prove their value and give them a good ROI. the good news is that you can find that kind of information online now.

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