I have been laid off twice. The first time was unpleasant. The second time, I was out of work for five months and had to move five hundred miles in order to get another position. I consider myself lucky. A good friend of mine was out of work for eighteen months before he found work and another friend has been out for two years and counting.
Sometimes, layoffs are unavoidable. For example, if your employer is acquired by another company there is very little you can do to bulletproof your job. However, I believe that there are things that each of us can do to make it less likely that our position will be eliminated as a result of downsizing. Here are a few ways to distinguish yourself from your co-workers:
- Find ways to improve productivity
- Never disagree in public with your manager or senior management
- Focus on creating error-free documents and presentations
- Accept additional responsibilities; better yet, volunteer for them
- Be self-confident; including being confident enough to admit your mistakes
- Demonstrate a positive attitude, honesty, enthusiasm and flexibility
Your goal is to distinguish yourself from your peers. Remember this old joke — When you and your best friend are being chased by an angry bear, you don’t need to run faster than the bear, you only have to run faster than your friend.
My opinion is that each of us should make sure we are running faster than our peers. What’s your opinion?
Michael Dennis’ Covering Credit Commentary. Michael’s website is www.coveringcredit.com.
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