What you can do to keep your job?

Finweek English Edition - - Openers -

UN­LESS YOU HAVE A JOB where your out­put is clearly mea­sur­able, you may wish to con­sider the guid­ance pro­vided be­low. It would ap­pear such mea­sures – as lu­di­crous as some may seem – have been proved to work over the years. Donna Rosato, of Money Mag­a­zine sug­gests the fol­low­ing:

“It all starts with pro­fil­ing. Does your boss’s boss know who you are and what you do? If he doesn’t, you may well be in trou­ble. It’s no good if your im­me­di­ate line man­ager or su­per­vi­sor alone knows you’re good. You have to make sure that at the up­per­most ech­e­lons of the or­gan­i­sa­tion the right peo­ple know your name (and game).

“Stephen Vis­cusi, au­thor of Bul­let­proof your job: four sim­ple strate­gies to ride out the tough times and come out on top at work, warns that ‘the in­vis­i­ble guy is the first to go’.

“How do you raise your pro­file? Sug­ges­tions in Vis­cusi’s book in­clude: “face” time (arriving at the of­fice a few min­utes be­fore every­one else and leav­ing a few min­utes later) and mak­ing your­self no­ticed. You do that by mak­ing con­vinc­ing state­ments and ask­ing ap­pro­pri­ate ques­tions at meet­ings and other pub­lic are­nas. Dress­ing more pro­fes­sion­ally. How about vol­un­teer­ing for those as­sign­ments no­body else wants?

“ Then there’s the ques­tion of money. You have to be mak­ing money. If you’re not – and you hap­pen to fall on the sup­port side of the busi­ness – you need to be seen to be adding to the bot­tom line. Com­pa­nies tend to cut jobs in sup­port ar­eas first. You need to be seen to be shar­ing leads or ideas to gen­er­ate rev­enue.

“You need to net­work and you need to en­sure you net­work with the right peo­ple: align your­self with those per­ceived to

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