Expert Urges Workers to Take Steps to Weather the Economy

<strong>Reading, Pa. &mdash; Oct. 8</strong><br />Despite Congress approving a bailout plan, stocks are continuing to fall and the economy is continuing its downward spiral. Workplace productivity expert Marsha Egan said that now is the time for U.S. citizens to focus on recession-proofing their careers. <br /> <br />"In these tough financial times, many of us are worried about keeping our jobs," said Egan, an ICF-certified professional coach. "People need to make sure they&#39;re brushing up their skills so that, even with so many cutbacks happening, their companies will see them as the valuable assets that they are." <br /> <br />Egan said that there are four steps that people can take that will recession-proof their skill sets, starting with enhancing their existing skills.<br /> <br />"Don&#39;t just do what you&#39;ve always done, but enhance your skills," says Egan. "For example, take the computer programs you&#39;re already using and advance your skills. Maximize your productivity with all the technology available to you. Learn new, complementary programs."<br /> <br />Following this, Egan urges that workers take a second step and broaden their skills and knowledge. She encourages them to branch out and try taking on new responsibilities and to volunteer for new things. "Volunteer for new projects, and do it quickly," she says. "The more you&#39;re willing to stretch yourself and the more things you&#39;re willing to try, the more valuable you become to your employer."<br /> <br />Once you show that you&#39;re willing to take on new and different projects, Egan&#39;s next step is to develop leadership skills. She recommends that workers take on every opportunity available to them to lead a group or committee, and if the opportunity doesn&#39;t arise at work, they should seek it out in the community. <br /> <br />"All of these steps move you toward step four, which is to make absolutely certain that your resume reflects a valued company asset," says Egan. She recommends reviewing your resume with a discerning eye, finding the skill gaps and figuring out how to fill them in.<br /><br />"You have to ask yourself what kind of story your work experience and resume tell," said Egan. "Make sure that it&#39;s a well-rounded and up-to-date story, and your skills will help carry you through these rocky times."<br />

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