The ABC’s of Job Security
These days, most of us are a little concerned about job
Make yourself too valuable to let go with these tips.
Ask for more responsibility.
Want to stand out? Ask for more work. Asking for additional tasks gives you a
chance to showcase skills that may not be noticeable in your current position.
Tackling a new project can demonstrate your managerial skills. Willingly and
happily taking on new assignments that may result from downsizing, even if they
are outside your normal job assignments, will show your commitment to the team.
Of course, you need to be able to handle any new tasks you take on. But asking
for additional responsibilities can help you create the job you want, and prove
your value to your boss and co-workers.
Be present for every company event.
Don’t just attend the things you need to attend—go to everything. Make your face
a regular and consistent part of the company landscape. Though a particular
meeting or event may not immediately relate to your job, it shows your interest
in the company and your willingness to be a team player.
Cheer on your colleagues.
Speaking of team players, there’s nothing like acknowledging a co-worker’s
contribution to show that you understand and value the role that your colleagues
play in the company’s success. Get in the habit of thanking others for their
hard work and congratulating those who’ve had a significant accomplishment. Do
it even if you don’t feel like your work is being properly acknowledged.
Develop a positive attitude.
Gossip, complaining and negativity are all career-killers. People who aren’t
supportive of their company’s leadership are never invited to be a part of that
leadership. Your reputation is yours to create—so be known as a trustworthy,
reliable, consistently encouraging person. If you’ve got a reputation that
doesn’t shine right now, it’s never too late to turn your attitude around.
Here’s where honest opinions from others can be invaluable. Ask your
manager for an assessment of your strengths and weaknesses outside of your
normal review period. Then focus on an area of strength in which you can do a
little more, and an area of development where you can improve. Get advice from a
mentor or an inspirational peer. Make a plan for shoring up this weak point, and
stick to it. You might be surprised at how much of a difference this can make in
your day-to-day work performance and long-term career.
The Smith School is prepared to help you manage and accelerate your career.
Contact Sharon Strange-Lewis,
Director of Alumni Career Services with inquiries and suggestions regarding
alumni career resources at 301-405-9285. Or visit the