Make Yourself “Fire-Proof”

It should be no surprise that the easiest jobs to cut in any downsizing are the ones that cost the company money rather than make it money.  If you know you’re in the first group, start acting like you’re in the second.  That means if you’re the receptionist, be alert to the possibilities for new business in every phone call.  If you’re in an administrative position, be creative in suggesting ways to save the company money.  If you’re in IT, try to spot opportunities for new projects that will generate revenue.  If you’re the janitor, offer to take on the window washing and paper shredding as well.  Let it be known that you are creative and eager to add even more value.  Position yourself as someone who’s part of the solution, not part of the problem. 

 If you’re already someone who is clearly in a revenue generating position, continue to shine – no company wants to cut its income stream. 

If you know you’re costing the company money every day you show up – start polishing your resume.

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3 Responses to “Make Yourself “Fire-Proof””

  1. unexpectedthankyou Says:

    Shouldn’t we always be doing this if we want to advance in our careers? Great blog post.

  2. Jenna in Wichita Says:

    Dan, Thanks for this one. As a stay-at-home mom who will soon re-enter the workforce, I really need to get my resume together. This is a great reminder to get it done now and what my plan should be once I am employed. Keep up the good work!

  3. Arrentogsrags Says:

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    Very interested in peoples opinion on the website.

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