5 Ways to Improve Your Employment Security in 2013

Looking to 2013, there is one strategic question that I think you should answer: How do you improve your employment security?

employment competitionYes, you need to worry about your 2013 goals, figure out what projects you are going to work on and determine how to work better with management or your coworkers. But all of that is tactical. Strategically, knowing you are employable relieves a lot of stress. Let’s take a look.

Why Employment Security?

My mantra is employment, not job, security. Job security is elusive. It doesn’t matter how terrific you are at your work, that you’re ranked number one in your department or that you have consistently produced great business results for your manager. No, if a company decides your department, location, or line of business is no longer needed, you’re gone in a New York minute.

Employment security depends on five factors:

  1. You have the right skills to do the job
  2. You produce business results
  3. You have an engaged business network
  4. You have great job search skills—both resume-building and interviewing
  5. You are financially secure with money in the bank

That’s a tall order, but note that they’re all areas you have control over. And if you think about it, clearly you need to present yourself to a potential employer as ready to move into the job, and not have desperation written all over your face in interviews.

Without job skills, you will never get the interview. Without showing your business results from your work, you immediately put yourself at a competitive disadvantage to other job applicants. Without an engaged business network, you’ll have trouble getting support in your work and won’t hear about potential job openings. Without great job search skills, you’ll never come across as a strong candidate during the interview—if you even get an interview because your resume isn’t right.

And without being financially secure, desperation creeps into a job loss, and a hiring manager can see that desperation a mile away.

What Could You Do To Improve Employment Security?

Most of us can do a great deal to improve our employment security. Now is a good time to consider your strengths and areas to improve in each of those five categories so that you know what to work on in 2013.

If you look at each of the five factors of employment security going into 2013, which areas could you improve during the year? Maybe it’s one thing in each of the categories: add another job skill, create better documentation of your business results, communicate better with your business network, rework your resume, and pay off that credit card.

Perhaps after analyzing your work, you’ll want to concentrate on one of the areas. Build a plan around what to accomplish in that area for 2013.

Whether you concentrate on one of these categories or improve in all of them, getting closer to employment security offers great peace of mind. There is a world of difference between knowing you’re ready to look for a new job when a surprise layoff comes, and wondering, clueless, what to do next.

There are tactical items to do for 2013: making sure your goals are right, figuring out what training you want, and other stuff as well. Strategically, knowing what to improve to get to employment security is key to having a successful 2013.

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One Response to “5 Ways to Improve Your Employment Security in 2013”

  1. Scot,

    It’s a little hard to pay-off that credit card that is mostly debt from school, and the companies are reluctant to hire anyone that has a substantal credit card debt, even if it is from school. In fact, I can’t even get a job at any fast-food or convienance stores becuase the inevitable credit check result is intrepreted to mean I must not be able to handle money and can’t be trusted not to steal, and these establishments require i operate their cash register as part of the job, Not can I get a job at such establishments as Walmart, Sam’s Club, Costco, or Lowe’s for much the same reason, and to the complete bewilderment of the many state-agency job placement “experts” that have assisited me in the past….one actually told me that everyone they had previously sent to Costco had gotten hired, and were just flabergasted that I couldn’t even get an acknowledgement from Costco that I had even applied there. Not that any of these positions have been anything I had ever thought to aspire to, as I am interested in IT. Any IT. All IT.

    There are several companies which market home-based customer service and telemarketing services. One of these is Alpine Access. I have attempted to apply to Alpine Access, and others in the same business. In my networking, I’ve come across other people doing similar work, who have sent in recommendations on my behalf, but all I ever meet is a stone wall. In the case of Alpine Access, I got to a point in their application process where they required that I send them a fee to conduct a credit check, and also that if I completed the mandatory credit check successfully, there would be another fee for a mandatory drug test. At that point, I dropped out of the application process, as I can’t pass the credit check, having had to make arrangements with all exisiting credit card companies.

    Alpine Access sent me a few follow-up emails asking why I had elected not to continue, and I told them I would be happy to continue, but that they would need to waive the credit check since I couldn’t possibly pass it, and that they would have to be responsible for any fees incurred for their required drug tests, as I didn’t have money to wasted on nonsense. They responded with a criteria of what they looked at on credit reports, and said “surely I could pass that” and I said, “no, I can’t. If you want to emply me, you are going to have to overlook the credit test entirely”. They eventually stopped corresponding.

    I am more than a little fed-up with being completely locked-out of employment everywhere, and a bit tired with having to fight with social workers over “food stamps”, and food-banks that can only give me 2 cans of vegetables a month! For December, instead of 2 can’s of vegetables, I recieved 1 can of spagetti sauce and a head of very rusty lettuce. THIS is what I got my BS and MS in Computer Science for?!