How to keep my job

“How to keep my job?” is the question practically all workers are asking themselves these days.

It’s no wonder. Just look all the layoffs announced this month alone: Tyson Foods says it’ll cut up to 400 jobs…Union Pacific will dump hundreds of management jobs…and Extreme Networks plans to give the ax to 20 percent of it’s employees.

 How to keep a job

Chances of holding onto your job are enhanced when the company you work for values you. It’s not enough to do your job well. You must also be highly regarded. And you will be appreciated when you let your boss know how well you’re doing. She won’t know about your wonderful performance unless you tell her about it.

A technique for keeping your boss in the loop is to e-mail him every now and then with news of your recent accomplishments. Topics of interest that you can write about are the new program you designed…progress with a client…how much money you saved the department…and a complement you received from an important customer.

Although it’s necessary to do your job well, you must let that be your secondary goal. Your first goal is to let those above you know how you’re doing. That’s how to keep a job longer.

For some of you, this is easier said than done. So if you’re not used to broadcasting your achievements, it might require you to change your behavior in order to get what you want.

Copyright © 2015 by Ransom Place

About the Author

RANDY PLACE IS A JOB-FINDING and executive coach, writer on career topics, broadcaster, and host of For twenty-three years, he helped thousands of employees who had been let go from JPMorgan Chase find jobs. And he coached executives at CBS Television, Pitney Bowes, and major outplacement firms in New York on job-finding techniques, communications skills, and selling strategies. An accomplished seminar leader and speaker, Randy has designed and presented workshops on interviewing, telephoning techniques, job-search writing, and sales training nationwide. Randy's groundbreaking nationally syndicated radio series, Your Career Service, has been heard on over two hundred radio stations across the United States. And his articles on career topics have appeared in the Wall Street Journal's National Business Employment Weekly. A former broadcast journalist in New York, he has also been a commercial spokesperson for an array of national and regional advertisers. In addition, Randy was a sales executive at NBC Radio and the New York City sales manager for syndication at Wolper Productions. He holds a Bachelor's in Sociology and Broadcasting from Syracuse University, and a Master's in Journalism from New York University.