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How to Keep Your Job in a Tough Competitive Market

Book Description

Mergers, outsourcing, and downsizing are the order of the day--and tomorrow as well. And employees everywhere now live in fear of layoffs. In this no-nonsense career guide, HR experts from the front lines demonstrate how to become invaluable at work and fend off a pink slip. The authors explain how to make yourself and your contributions visible; stay aware of trends; anticipate change and adapt; acquire a reputation as a positive team player; become the "go-to" person; and much more. It is possible to weather the storm that's swiftly tearing through every industry in America. With this book, you get an insurance policy to you them hold onto you paycheck and remain gainfully employed!

Table of Contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
  6. Part I: Create Your Brand and Build Your Career
    1. Tip 1. Come in Early and Stay Late
    2. Tip 2. Build a Reputation as a Hard Worker
    3. Tip 3. Know When to Say No
    4. Tip 4. Be a Low-Maintenance Employee
    5. Tip 5. Set High Standards for Yourself, and Then Exceed Them
    6. Tip 6. If You Make a Mistake, Own Up to It Quickly
    7. Tip 7. Dress for Success
    8. Tip 8. Use Colors to Convey the Right Message
    9. Tip 9. Blow Your Own Horn, But Never Too Loudly
    10. Tip 10. Add Technology to Your Brand
    11. Tip 11. Know When and How to Recast Your Brand
    12. Tip 12. Check Your Personal Life, Not Your Personality, at the Door
    13. Tip 13. Think Like a Chess Player
    14. Tip 14. Work at a Level or Two Above Your Position
    15. Tip 15. Build Skills for Job Security
    16. Tip 16. Become the Expert in Your Field
    17. Tip 17. Learn the Language
    18. Tip 18. Learn a Second Language
    19. Tip 19. Quantify Your Value
    20. Tip 20. Volunteer for Assignments
    21. Tip 21. Attend Meetings
    22. Tip 22. Prepare for Meetings
    23. Tip 23. Learn to Give a Good Presentation
    24. Tip 24. Create a Work Network
    25. Tip 25. Create a Nonbusiness Network
    26. Tip 26. Always Carry a Business Card
    27. Tip 27. Get Experience Elsewhere
    28. Tip 28. Give Your Manager Your First Impression
    29. Tip 29. Meet with Your Boss Regularly
    30. Tip 30. Get Feedback on Your Style
    31. Tip 31. Ask for Recommendations
    32. Tip 32. Use Technology to Build Your Career
    33. Tip 33. Look for a Mentor
    34. Tip 34. Create Your Own Board of Advisers
    35. Tip 35. Relieve Stress
    36. Tip 36. Keep Your Job by Staying Physically Fit
    37. Tip 37. Be Deft at Repositioning Your Job
    38. Tip 38. Protect Your Online Image
    39. Tip 39. Get Back into the Game
  7. Part II: Keep Your Job by Helping Others
    1. Tip 40. Let People Know You Enjoy Your Job
    2. Tip 41. Be Civil to Your Colleagues
    3. Tip 42. Respect Experience
    4. Tip 43. Be a Team Player
    5. Tip 44. Give Your Colleagues Credit
    6. Tip 45. Draw Attention to a Colleague’s Good Work
    7. Tip 46. Support Your Boss
    8. Tip 47. Support Your Boss’s Decisions
    9. Tip 48. Allow Your Manager to Take Credit for Your Idea
    10. Tip 49. Lead the Continuing Education Program
    11. Tip 50. Start a Professional Organization Inside Your Company
    12. Tip 51. Create a Glossary of Office Terms
    13. Tip 52. Be a Mentor
    14. Tip 53. Offer to Help New Employees
    15. Tip 54. Learn to Manage Conflict
  8. Part III: Keep Your Job by Helping the Company
    1. Tip 55. Take the Tough Job
    2. Tip 56. Drum Up Business
    3. Tip 57. Go Easy on Expenses
    4. Tip 58. Find Ways to Save Money
    5. Tip 59. Develop an Anti-Gossip Plan
    6. Tip 60. Develop a Disaster Plan
    7. Tip 61. Create an Orientation Schedule
    8. Tip 62. Clear the Air
    9. Tip 63. Create an Alumni Directory
    10. Tip 64. Become the Agent of Change
    11. Tip 65. Control Your Anxiety
    12. Tip 66. Be Positive about Change
    13. Tip 67. Get Inside Change
    14. Tip 68. Keep Tabs on Management’s Direction
    15. Tip 69. When the Company Does Well, You Succeed
    16. Tip 70. Help Your Manager Communicate Better
    17. Tip 71. Listen to Gossip
    18. Tip 72. Call Attention to Problems
    19. Tip 73. Bring at Least One Solution
    20. Tip 74. Know How Your Company Views Itself
    21. Tip 75. Become the Face of the Company in the Community
    22. Tip 76. Represent the Company with Style and Grace
    23. Tip 77. Refer Good People to the Company
    24. Tip 78. Take Care of Your Customers
    25. Tip 79. Understand Your Client’s Company Culture
    26. Tip 80. Know Your Customer’s Customer
    27. Tip 81. Enhance Your Workplace
    28. Tip 82. Be Prepared to Talk about Your Project
    29. Tip 83. Take a Promotion Without the Pay Increase
    30. Tip 84. Be Willing to Defer Some Rewards
    31. Tip 85. Accept the Combination of Two Jobs into One
    32. Tip 86. Peer into the Future
  9. Part IV: Master the Art of Office Politics
    1. Tip 87. Make Office Politics Work for You
    2. Tip 88. To Have a Career, You Must Master Office Politics
    3. Tip 89. Know When to Trust What Management Says
    4. Tip 90. Be Aware of Trends and Changes in the Office
    5. Tip 91. A New Direction Can Change the Culture
    6. Tip 92. Be Self-Assured But Not Arrogant
    7. Tip 93. When to Be Guarded Giving Your First Impression
    8. Tip 94. Inspect and Maintain Your Bridges
    9. Tip 95. Edit Your E-Mail
    10. Tip 96. Develop Organizational Awareness
    11. Tip 97. Learn the Importance of Knowing How to Influence People
    12. Tip 98. Influence People Through Conversation
    13. Tip 99. Don’t Spread Rumors
    14. Tip 100. Have a Speech to Counter Negative Comments
    15. Tip 101. Take Control of Your Career