How to Protect Your Job with a Recession on the Horizon

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How to Protect Your Job with a Recession on the Horizon

Talk about whether a recession is potentially on the horizon has been ongoing for more than a year, and that can create a lot of anxiety among professionals concerned about their careers. Recessions often come with significant job losses, and that diminishes any sense of security for workers. Fortunately, there are steps professionals can take to protect their job, even if a recession is on the horizon.

Here Are Some Tips to Get You Started:

Be Flexible

Employers often need to make rapid changes to weather recessions successfully. As a result, they need employees that are highly adaptable and willing to adjust their workload or responsibilities when economic conditions shift.

By remaining flexible, you’re showing an employer that you’re open to working outside of your original job description. That makes you an asset during periods of change, particularly if the company is considering laying off some, but not all, of your team.

Go Above and Beyond

Similar to the point above, professionals that go the extra mile are more likely to survive recession-related layoffs than those that don’t. You can’t simply exceed expectations in regard to your duties alone; you need to demonstrate a willingness to support your manager and colleagues in any way possible. Again, this positions you as a stronger asset, making it less likely that you’ll get cut if a layoff occurs.

If you aren’t sure where to begin, simply ask your manager if there’s anything else you can do to help. You can also offer assistance directly to coworkers, particularly those who are or are at risk of falling behind. Volunteering for projects is another simple way to show your willingness to go above and beyond, so keep that in mind, too.

Boost Your Skillset

Elevating your skillset is wise for two reasons. First, it allows you to provide your current employer with additional value. By working to close an existing skill gap or acquiring capabilities that help you to demonstrate additional flexibility or go above and beyond, you’re potentially safeguarding yourself during a layoff.

Second, enhancing your skills elevates your resume. Then, if a layoff occurs and you lose your position, you’ll have an easier time positioning yourself as a strong candidate.

Prepare for a Job Search

In some cases, you can get laid off even if you clearly demonstrate your value to the company. As a result, it’s wise to prepare for a job search in advance.

Begin by sprucing up your resume and LinkedIn page, ensuring you can send out the right materials quickly if you need a new position. Also, partner with a recruiter in advance, allowing you to build a rapport well before you need their assistance with a job search.

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