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5 Ways to Keep Your Job if you see Layoffs on the Horizon

 Layoffs! Layoffs! Layoffs! Looks like a newspaper headline that no one wants to see or read about. Unfortunately this is the reality. Like it or not, we are facing the worst economic recession after Second World War. It seems that no industry is safe from downsizing.

Corporate downsizing is seen as one of the main components of regaining stability, unfortunately at the expense of raising the number of unemployed via mandatory layoffs. That’s why the unemployment rate has gone up considerably. Will it work? Only time will tell, but there are certain steps you can take to make sure you are not on that dreaded layoff list in your employer’s hand.

Raise Your Credibility

Make yourself look good in front of your peers. Always have a positive attitude and work ethic. Look at the brighter side of the project, point out issues and problems, and set about fixing them. Prove to others that you are an invaluable part of the team, and that you are more than earning your paycheck. Do not brag or boast, just let your work do the talking. People, especially your employers, will notice, and your name will never associate with layoffs ever.

Good Customer Service

Remember who pays the bills. Remember who makes complaints. Customers are the most important part of any business. Without them there would be no company and no job for you. No matter how difficult the situation is, always be calm and approach things with a clear head when dealing with another person or a customer. Never, ever get into an argument as there will be only one outcome. You lose or worse still, it puts your name in the layoffs list the management is preparing and wham, you are now unemployed.

Walk the Extra Mile

Look at the whole picture in any project you are doing. Examine it thoroughly, and implement a plan that will credit you with putting in that extra effort, which will possibly remove your name from that layoff list. This could just be things like arriving at work early, being one of the last to leave and volunteering to help a fellow worker in distress. It really does not matter; just make yourself visible without being seen as a kisser up.

Improve Yourself

Do not be satisfied with your credentials and status in your profession. Successful people always believe there is still enough free space between their ears and set about filling it with knowledge, dedication and hard work. Take classes or courses that will expand your horizons. You do not have to tell your employer; just make it a nice surprise. Or if you think that your employer could help you chose the correct program, be sure to ask them. They will love the fact that you want to make improvements to increase your productivity, and help the company reach its goals in the long run.

Make Sacrifices

Tell your employer that you can sense that times are hard and the company is experiencing financial difficulties. Volunteer to renegotiate your contract. In the long run a penny saved up front could well be the key to job security and not unemployment.

Hopefully these simple steps will help you from escaping the dreaded layoffs list.

Ten Beneficial Reasons for Being Laid Off

Sounds like a bit of an oxymoron, does it not? Is there any one good reason for being laid off and joining the ranks of the unemployed? If you are a golfer then it is a good time to get your handicap down. Just kidding! But in all seriousness there are a few good reasons why being laid off could be one of the best things to happen to you.

Self-Evaluation

Sit down and ask yourself, “Why did I get laid off and not that other guy”? There has to be a good reason. Look at your work ethic; were you a team player, did you go the extra mile for the company, were you supportive, did you look unhappy or was your production going down? Answering these will help in your next job and lead to your success.

Re-educate Yourself

Being up to date in your chosen field is critical. No matter where you are employed there will always be some fresh faced graduate coming along with all the new tricks. Time in the unemployment line can help you catch up and make you more attractive to potential employers.

Learn a New Skill Set

Do not be afraid to learn something new, even if you think it has little to do with your chosen career. Computer technology courses are always seen as positives, and employers will get the impression that you are progressive and motivated, even after being laid off.

What is Your Worth?

Just look at yourself in the mirror and ask, “Was I overpaid? Was that the reason why I got laid off in the first place?” In other words, were you expecting too much? When looking for another position, don’t get greedy: it will benefit you in the long run.

Make New Contacts

Join job search forums in your area and make contacts with other individuals who are also looking for employment opportunities. Remember you are not the only one that was laid off, and a team can generate potential employment leads a lot quicker. These networking contacts will help you later in your new employment.

Be Prepared

Set aside some time and look at the warning signs you missed that led to you being laid off. Think about what you could have done to be more prepared, and be ready for a similar situation in the future.

Evaluate Lifestyle

Your lifestyle may have contributed to being laid off. If you look like you are flamboyant you may have been annoying other workers. This reflects badly on you. Evaluate and try to change.

Recharge the Old Batteries

Maybe you were laid off due to the fact you were tired and overworked?  Take the time to relax and recover. Get ready for new challenges.

Consultancy Jobs

Try consultancy work on a part time basis. Maybe being your own boss is exactly what you need.

Family

What could be better than spending more time with your family? They can help you re-evaluate everything. That way you’ll be geared up for that new job you’ll start looking for in these situations.

Finally, remember that being ‘laid off’ is only a passing phase; if you make the most of your time and invest your resources in honing your skills, no one can ever stop  you from getting back to being employed again.