Tips for Safeguarding Your Job:
Dollars and Sense: Recession Proof Your Job
Jason Ferrara of CareerBuilder.com with some suggestions on how to safeguard your job.
Seek out additional responsibility. Show you can wear many hats and transition skills by volunteering to take on different responsibilities and projects. Try to get involved in long-term projects.
Be a team player. Be known as someone who shares information and actively tries to help benefit the work of others. People want to keep people around who make their jobs easier.
Offer up ideas. Show the company that you're a dedicated employee trying to help the firm weather the storm by proposing ideas for cost-savings, improved efficiencies or new revenue streams.
Toot your own horn. Keep a current record of your accomplishments and contributions to the company, quantifying results whenever possible. Share new wins in a "project update" email to your boss and other supervisors who may benefit from your accomplishment.
Stay positive. Rumors can often run rampant if layoffs are under consideration. Keep positive and keep committed to the job at hand. Don't take part in the rumor mill.
Explore other opportunities. Let's face it. Sometimes layoffs are inevitable regardless of how strong of a performer you are. Keep an updated resume and look for other positions within and outside of your firm. Make sure to establish a network with colleagues, friends, family, neighbors, etc.