7 Ways To Keep Your Job Safe

In September, unemployment climbed to 9.8 percent, its highest rate since June 1983. In all, 263,000 jobs were lost.

So what does this mean for Edgers? Obviously, if you are reading this article you are probably not a member of that 9.8 percent, but conceivably anyone could be. That means it’s time to get proactive. You can’t be satisfied with just doing your job, you have to attack it. Now, more than ever, it’s time to get aggressive about bettering yourself and growing in your career. It is with this in mind that GAWDA Edge has put together seven tips for keeping your job safe.

1. Don’t Be a Hardline 9-to-5er
To succeed in trying times, you have to be willing to outwork the next guy. That means getting to the office early and sticking around late. Sure it’s fall, the weather is beautiful, and we all want to be outside. But run out of the door at five o’clock every day and you just may find yourself with lots of unwanted spare time on your hands.

2. Curiosity Never Killed the Career
As a gases and welding professional, one of your goals should be to learn as much as possible about the industry in which you are employed. One of the most effective ways to do this is to ask questions. This industry is full of veterans willing to offer insight and advice to you. But they’re not going to seek you out. You must show the initiative.

3. Have a Great Attitude
Sure the economy is struggling and business is slower than it has been in ages. That doesn’t mean it’s alright to feel sorry for yourself. If you go into a customer’s site with a negative attitude, they’ll pick up on it. However, give off an upbeat, optimistic energy and customers will respond positively to it.

4. Don’t Be Afraid to Toot Your Own Horn
Now this isn’t a carte blanche to go around the office espousing your virtues to anyone who will listen, but if you did something extraordinary, let people know. If you aren’t advocating your talents, who will? There’s nothing rude or pretentious about making your supervisors aware of your successes.

5. Contribute (some) Ideas
As clichéd as it might sound, employees really are a company’s most valuable resource. You are the people on the front lines getting it done day in and day out. This front-line experience also uniquely qualifies you to diagnose problems and prescribe solutions. If there is something in the company’s operations that you think you could improve upon, bring it up with a superior. The most important things to remember when doing this are to be respectful about your suggestions and don’t make an over-the-top amount of them. Otherwise, it might be construed as simply whining.

6. Seek Out New Responsibilities
Sure, you’re doing everything that’s asked of you when it comes to job responsibilities. The question you have to ask yourself is this: In this economy, is that enough? If you want to truly stand out, you should be actively looking for new responsibilities to take on around the office. You will become a better-rounded employee, and your initiative will get noticed.

7. Keep on Growing
Maybe it’s not realistic to expect your sales numbers to grow exponentially in this climate. That doesn’t mean you can’t spend the next months pushing yourself to grow professionally leading up to the economic recovery. Fortunately for GAWDA members, the association offers many opportunities for professional growth.

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