Job Security Doesn't Exist: 5 Ways To Thrive Anyway

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By Heather Huhman


In today's world, everyone is a temporary worker.

Even if you're an executive at a well-established company, your job could be temporary. Working for yourself? There's no telling how long your business might last.

Particularly in a down economy and a tight job market, it's important to keep this in mind. Companies downsize. People get fired or laid off. The market changes. And while you might find another job in your field, your career is likely less stable than the careers your grandparents had years ago. You may be tempted to get comfortable in your job because it doesn't seem threatened at the moment. But as recent news goes to show, the multitude of jobs that seemed like they would be around forever are disappearing. Several cases in point: Bank of America laying off 30,000 workers, Borders bookstore closing, and even the U.S. Postal Service closing offices across the country.

How can you prepare for these inevitable changes in your career? Here are a few ways to safeguard your income:

1. Create a strong personal brand.
Although your current job and career play a part in your professional brand, your personal brand is something that stays with you throughout your entire career, no matter where you end up working. Get active online, share and create relevant content, and give people a reason to remember – and hire – you.


2. Continually build upon your skills and education.
Stay on top of news and trends within your industry. If your company won't pay for professional development, figure out other ways to make it a priority. Learn new skills by attending webinars, conferences and training sessions, and gain skills that will help you regardless of whether you decide to move up in your current career or transition into a related field.

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3. Build a professional portfolio.
Keep track of your accomplishments, work pieces, recommendations and referrals in one place. Consider securing your own domain name (www.firstnamelastname.com) to house your professional portfolio. That way, when it comes time for a new job search, you'll have everything you need all in one place.


4. Have a back-up career.
When I was laid off from my job in public relations a few years ago, I realized the importance of starting my own side business to ensure I always had a job. Now, my back-up career is my full-time one. You never know how things will pan out, and you can no longer count on a company to keep you employed. So think outside the box about how you can grow your own side gig that can serve as a back-up plan. Thanks to the Internet and social networking, it's easier to start your own business than ever before.


5. Maintain your professional network.
Networking is still one of the top ways to land a new job. By keeping in contact with your professional connections, you're more likely to learn about new job opportunities, gain referrals and make additional connections. And if you do lose your job, you'll have a network to turn to for help.


What steps have you taken to set yourself up for success even if your current job disappears?


Heather R. Huhman is founder and president of Come Recommended, a content marketing and digital PR consultancy for organizations with products that target job seekers and/or employers.




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Taina

This like asking 3 generations to live in one house so we can share a lower standard of living.

August 22 2012 at 12:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I would also say diversify. There are so many benefits to also having a small home based business such as doing freelance work. Even if you were only doing one freelance job per week such as article writing, you have a small second income and additional tax deductions for your business.

By keeping a small business on the side, you always have something to fall back on and expand if the worst happens and you do lose your job.

I have been working from home for 12 years and love it! Contrary to popular believe, there really are thousands of free, no scam, no mlm work from home, telecommuting jobs out there. The key is knowing where to find them and following two important rules.

First, never pay for a job, they should pay you plain and simple. Second, if it sounds too good to be true, it is. Now, where do you find the jobs? There is a wonderful no scam, no fee online job database called the "Legitimate Online JobDirectory" at http://www.LegitimateOnlineJobDirectory.com. I do freelance work for many of the companies listed there.

Another place to find good work from home jobs is flexjobs.com as mentioned above. You can also search the major job sites like Careerbuilder, Simply Hired and Indeed. Just be sure to follow the rules above.

I hope this helps!

August 21 2012 at 11:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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