According to recent reports, the unemployment rate has risen to 6.5% in October as employers cut another 240,000 jobs. With this being the highest unemployment rate since March 1994, many employees are starting to feel anxiety that they could be next on the unemployment line.
No matter what industry you’re in, it’s important to focus on your performance now to increase job security. Here are four tips to help you navigate an uncertain job future.
Show your value. Whether you work in an office pushing papers or in a warehouse moving boxes, show how much value you can bring to your company. Show up early, stay late, and ask for extra projects. Make sure you work well with other employees and never, ever complain. Keep a positive, can-do attitude, and be a joy to work with.
Increase your knowledge. Show your boss that you’re a valuable asset to the company by increasing your knowledge and skills. Ask your boss if you can cross train so you can gain more experience and knowledge about the business and increase your productivity.
Network with others. Some people think that just because they have a job, there’s no longer a need to network. This couldn’t be further from the truth. Networking within your company and industry can keep your name top of mind when executives are thinking of who to keep during layoffs. Make sure you keep a great attitude and focus on building a good reputation too, because this affects how others perceive you.
Be the best. Whatever your job title, show that you’re the best person for your position. Protecting your job also means being a person who others know they can come to when they need help. Make sure you’re doing quality work because this shows employers that you can do your job well without much supervision.
Unfortunately, in times like these, many Americans face the reality of a job loss – whether it’s deserved or not. But, by focusing on being the best employee possible, you’ll not only increase your chances of keeping your job, you’ll be in a better position to land a new one should the once unthinkable pink slip happen to you.