Bulletproof Your Job: 4 Simple Strategies to Ride Out the Rough Times and Come Out On Top at Work
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There's no doubt about it, today's workplace is an uncertain and treacherous territory. Newspaper headlines are proclaiming near record-high levels of unemployment, and, in these tough times, companies are making swift judgments about human capital.
The bottom line: No job is safe.
But there are tried and true ways to fight off sudden unemployment successfully, and the number one weapon in your arsenal is workplace expert and television and radio personality Stephen Viscusi's career manifesto, Bulletproof Your Job. Based on four simple strategies for dodging the layoff bullet and a long list of ways to implement these strategies, Bulletproof Your Job may save you from your worst enemy at work—which just so happens to be you.
Quite simply, observe these imperative rules:
Be visible. Be easy. Be useful. Be ready.
With plenty of distinct action items, dozens of anecdotal illustrations and examples, and lists and tips for adapting bulletproof strategies to your own situation, Bulletproof Your Job will show you how to leverage the black-and-white stuff—your title, salary, and tenure—with the gray stuff—your relationship with coworkers, visibility in the workplace, and ability to make your boss look good—to ward off the pink stuff—the dreaded layoff notice. While you're at it, you'll be creating a long-term strategy for job security and career advancement that ensures you'll never feel this vulnerable again.
baggage to work do it for a lot of reasons. Some consider their coworkers their friends and see no reason not to share the details of their private lives. Others are so weighed down by personal trials that their general mood and productivity are diminished, which invariably affects the people around them. Still others are drama queens who aren’t happy unless there’s some bit of commotion around them, personal or professional. All of these people need to leave the bags at home. JUST SO YOU KNOW
As expected, the rumor turned out to be truth, and he was ready and able to bulletproof his job. No one is immune to gossip, but knowing the gossip can protect you from being the victim of it. Bosses pretend they hate gossip, but in reality they love it. Or, at least, they rely on it. Most good bosses and many top CEOs manage their own power with the help of gossip. Everyone knows it, but no one says that company morale is measured by sticking a thermometer up the ass of the office gossip. So
responsibility for your work in the first place, from top to bottom, start to finish. Because when you truly own your work—the successes and the mistakes—the mistakes tend to happen rarely and the successes become the norm. Why is that? When you take responsibility for your work, you learn to treat your job as if it’s your own little business, for which you’re on the hook for every outcome. When you take responsibility for your choices, your actions, the direction of your work, and the quality
the best way to keep your skills sharp and offers the perfect opportunity to see what’s out there (see number 48, “Monitor the job market in your field”). Be interview ready at all times. 48. MONITOR THE JOB MARKET IN YOUR FIELD Whether the job market in your industry is hot or cold, keeping abreast of developments and trends will keep you ahead of the game and out of the line of fire. Being well informed about the job climate in your company, your company’s competitors, and general
job and career, you can start protecting it right now. If all you care about is your paycheck, there’s almost nothing that will protect you from eventually being deselected in favor of another employee who’s truly committed to his job. That’s survival of the fittest at work in the workplace. You must understand that your job is your most valuable asset, and your primary objective is to protect it. So if your only worry is how to pay your rent, trying a few of the tactics in this book in order