Protecting your job from robots sounds easy now compared to dealing with today’s issues in health and economic security. Job security has become a matter of increasing concern.
According to a recent poll by Monster, 49.5% of employers expect they’ll be laying off workers in the near future, and 65.1% of companies have cut back on job listings.
On a happier note, the poll also found that openings for online jobs are increasing.
There is much uncertainty about the future, but you can make yourself more resilient. Try these suggestions to help you hold onto your current position and make yourself more marketable if you’re hunting for a new job.
Excelling at Your Current Job:
- Connect with your boss. Strengthen your relationship with your supervisor. Communicate openly and frequently. Maximize one-on-one time and try to adapt to their work style.
- Focus on shared goals. Make your supervisor’s priorities your own. Helping them to succeed usually benefits you too.
- Present proposals. Think creatively and take worthwhile risks. Prepare practical and specific suggestions on how to increase quality and reduce expenses.
- Welcome feedback. Ask your boss and colleagues for input about your performance. Listen with an open mind and use their suggestions to make positive changes in the way you do your job. Thank them for their support and let them know they’ve made a difference.
- Leverage your strengths. Try to structure your job in a way that allows you to focus on the things you love and do well. You’ll probably accomplish more with less effort.
- Keep your word. Prove that you’re reliable. Follow through on your commitments, especially when they affect the rest of your team.
- Exceed expectations. Go beyond your job description. Take on additional assignments. Put your heart into your work and try to deliver the highest quality.
- Be helpful. Offer encouragement and assistance to coworkers who are under pressure. You’ll create alliances that may be useful in the future, and you’ll probably enjoy your job more.
Searching for a New Job:
- Network safely. Physical distancing changes the way we network, but the intent remains the same. Reach out to current contacts and discover new ones through video calls and virtual events.
- Continue learning. Add to your knowledge and skills. Read books, chat with experts, and sign up for online courses. Shop around for bargains as many companies are offering free or discounted programs during these challenging times.
- Update your resume. Imagine trying to describe your achievements over the past few years while you’re dealing with the stress of being laid off. Be proactive. Keep track of significant events worth adding to your resume.
- Build a portfolio. Showing is more effective than telling. Display samples of your work online or with other media.
- Raise your visibility. Promote yourself appropriately within your workplace and beyond. Publish articles and reports. Volunteer for high profile projects and community service work.
- Consider the idea of changing careers. It’s natural for different industries to rise and fall. You may want to focus on skills that will help you move into sectors like ecommerce and health care.
- Think positive. An upbeat attitude makes you more likely to reach your career goals. Manage stress with constructive methods like meditation and physical exercise. Think about your purpose in life and align your actions with your values.
Unexpected events can create fresh opportunities even as they disrupt your old plans. Prepare to succeed in the modern workplace by making yourself more valuable to your current employer and more attractive to other companies that are hiring.