Five Ways to Create Job Security
Think Job Security is a thing of the past? Think again. While it may be true that no
one is exempt from a downsizing, layoff, or unexpected re-organization in today's economic
climate, that doesn't have to mean you have no job security. Today's workers simply need
to redefine what job security really is given the competitive environment we live in, and
where security comes from.
You can (and should) have a sense of job security, but it won't come from your employer.
You must give it to yourself. Your number one priority, if you wish to have career longevity
and fulfillment, is to remain highly employable. Here's a proven five point strategy to
ensure you have security in an uncertain job economy.
1. Under-promise, over-deliver
2. Nurture Your Network
3. Invest in Your Competence
4. Have a Plan B and Plan C Ready to Execute
5. Build Your Reserves
Under Promise and Over Deliver
The first strategy is simply to outperform your peers. Under promising may sound like a
lethal career strategy, but in reality it's the opposite, as long as you consistently over
deliver. Bosses and peers become most frustrated with those who make empty promises, right?
These are the people who OVER promise and then consistently UNDER perform. By
getting really skilled at setting reasonable expectations, building in time for the
unexpected (which you can almost always expect!), and then meeting or beating every agreed
upon target, how much does that increase your value to the organization? Lots.
People want to know what to expect and be wowed. Wow! them with your performance, not
your promises. Valuable employees manage to escape much of the corporate shake ups, even
when the shake ups hit their home turf. Create a reputation for being someone who delivers
value and you'll add a lot of staying power to your career.
Nurture Your Network
Do you maintain relationships with a diverse group of people-from close friends to
casual business acquaintances? Or is your social life basically built around the coffee
pot and bagel box at work? When faced with changing jobs (by choice or not), it is
important that you have strong, reliable network in place. You don't want to be building
up relationships at a time when you need them most... it drains your energy and looks and
feels too desperate!
You want to continually work toward having strong relationships with
a variety of contacts because you enjoy them and they enjoy you. These relationships are
in the spirit of helping whenever it's needed. You may include professional contacts
within and outside your employer, as well as a diverse group of acquaintances through
community, school, and social circles. Stay plugged in with others. It can make the
difference between a long and difficult job search, and a smooth job change.