Jump-Start Your Job Security

Always the good worker, Lisa spent her days coding in her cube. Her work was respectable and her team liked her. Although she heard the company was a little shaky and sales were down, she was optimistic. But when she learned the project she’d been working on was on the chopping block, her stomach suddenly dropped. Reality hit.

If the recession hasn’t affected you yet, it probably will soon. Although technology continues to make up a big chunk of corporate spending, many analysts predict the current economic volatility will catch up with the technology sector in 2009. Your company already may be taking steps to get through the downturn, and with news of mass layoffs, dropped projects, delayed upgrades and canceled equipment purchases, who isn’t worried about job security?

Unfortunately, anyone can lose a job for reasons unrelated to skill, talent or dedication. No matter the economic climate, it’s a cruel lesson to learn: No job is always safe, and most of us are dispensable. The good news, though, is that there are ways to safeguard your job, even during the worst of times.

Do You Know Where You Stand?

One software architect was working at a large IT services firm during the 2001 downturn. Because he formed alliances on the business side of the company, he learned early on that there were serious financial problems with the project he was working on. As a result, he was able to get a head start looking for other…


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