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How to Keep Your Job in Today’s Challenging Economy

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2011 at 3:20 pm

“A lot of people quit looking for work as soon as they find a job.”

-Zig Ziglar

In today’s challenging economy, you might assume that those who are hired are doing everything possible to make sure that they become – and stay – a desirable employee. Unfortunately, once you enter the day-to-day routine of a new job, too often you may find yourself falling into a familiar pattern – and losing the edge which helped you to land the job in the first place. The problem is that there are piles of resumes still sitting on your employer’s desk, just in case you don’t work out. Today, more than ever, it is essential for you to not only hit the ground running when you start a new job, but to keep up the motivation after you are hired.

Below are some helpful tips for showing your employer every day that you are the right person for the job.

Ask for work. If you run out of things on your To Do List, don’t simply sit back and enjoy the break. Instead, go to your supervisor or coworkers and ask what else you can do to help out. This is also the best way to learn new skills and get noticed for potential promotions.

Act like you are glad to be there – even when you aren’t. When you smile, the whole world smiles with you. On the other hand, if you let a bad mood show, others are likely to pick up on the same feeling. You want your employer and coworkers to feel good about having you around.

Leave personal problems at home. Of course we all have issues in our personal and home lives occasionally. We’re only human. The workplace, however, is not the place to discuss these issues. Many employers and coworkers feel that personal drama in the workplace is not only a distraction from work, but an indicator that the employee may not be as dependable as they’d hoped.

Never go on to Facebook, game sites, or other personal accounts while at work. While your employer may not actually see you on these sites, it is easy for them to find a record of your activities on your computer or on the server. And in today’s internet world, employers do check on how employees are spending their time on the computer. When they discover their employees “playing” at work, they are never impressed.

Find out how you are doing. Many employers don’t think to let you know how you are doing unless there is a problem – and some won’t let you know even if there is a problem until it is too late. If you aren’t scheduled for a review after your first few weeks, ask your employer if they can meet with you briefly to let you know how you are doing and make suggestions on how you can become a better employee. Then continue to ask for this feedback every few months.

If you follow these simple tips, you will find yourself far more likely to be considered a valuable employee – which means that your employer is more likely to want to find ways to keep you around, even when inevitable bumps do come up. In today’s competitive job market, job security is something you should be concerned about every day.