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It's hard to escape the dour economic news that seems to be getting worse with each passing day. Even though the job market in certain areas of the technology industry seems to be holding up far better than in other industries, many are still concerned about the possibility that they could find themselves out of work in the coming year.
While you can't control whether or not your current employer will keep you around in these challenging times and whether or not you'll be able to find a new job if necessary, there are some things you can do to stay ahead of the curve in today's job market.
Keep your eyes open. Even if you're not looking for a new job, it's not a bad idea to keep an eye on the job market. If nothing else, this will help you identify the positions in your industry that employers are still hiring for and gives you the opportunity to pursue a personal development path that ensures you have the skills that are in demand.
Stay on top of your game. Building your skill set and keep on top of current trends is a must in today's business environment. It can not only keep you in better stead with your current employer but can also help make you a more attractive candidate for a future employer should you find yourself looking for another job.
Fortunately, staying on top of your game need not be difficult. In the online marketing space, for instance, you need look no further than E-consultancy trainings for ways to stay ahead of the curve. In almost every industry, there are plenty of companies offering valuable opportunities to gain skills and knowledge that will give you a leg up.
Make yourself invaluable to your employer. If your employer is forced to lay staff off, you'll have a better chance of keeping your job if your employer can't live without you.
If you haven't strived to make yourself invaluable to your current employer, now's the time to start. Go the extra mile every day, seek out opportunities to take on more responsibility, etc. This will make it much more difficult for your employer to let you go if times get really tough and may even provide opportunities for advancement as employers focus on leveraging fewer employees to do more.
Be careful about trading stability for "potential." I was working at a startup in 2000 when everything came crashing down and when all was said and done, I came to the realization that sometimes jobs aren't what they're made out to be. The cushy salaries and seemingly lucrative stock options that are often provided at sexy startups look good until you accept that they may not last or be worth anything.
Today, I'd encourage all job seekers to consider that a stable job at an established, profitable company is far more appealing than a job at a company that isn't yet self-sustaining and that has relied on outside investment for growth.
We all hope that the global economy recovers as quickly as possible and the employment prospects in digital marketing and e-commerce still look very bright long-term. That said, being proactive can help you maintain your job security in today's environment and put you in a better position once the economy turns around.