“The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without one.” —Oscar Wilde
Your job is an important subject, because “no job, no money”. There are a lot of people out of work in both Canada and the United States and unemployment can be devastating to a family.
If you lose your job you could lose your home, car, and your children may have to be taken out of the college they are attending. When things are going well we tend to take a lot for granted. However, in the current state of the economy you can no longer take anything for granted.
I don’t want to sound too negative, but, honestly in this economy, everything could be in jeopardy, including your job. On the other hand, if you do lose your job, try to have the attitude that it is the best thing that has happened to you. You may end up doing something that you have been dreaming of doing, but were too afraid to leave your regular job because of comfort and commitments.You may ﬁnd your passion.
Right now though, if you still have your job, you need to be making a special effort to keep it—you have to be the most valuable employee. If you are good at what you do, then you are a valuable asset. Maybe even the indispensible one!
“Work harder on yourself than you do on your job.”
Become the Most Valuable Person at your company:
1. Be the best you can be! Right now in this economy be thankful you have a job, as many don’t. You may not like what you are doing, but do your best. If you are making sales when no one else is, you are a valuable employee and your company needs you right now.
2. Sales – Treat every customer like they are precious because they are. Always appear happy and try to remember names if they are a regular client. Go the extra mile for them. A smile can be “heard” in your voice.
3. Be helpfull to the colleagues you work with. Remember what goes round comes round.
4. A thank you note – Clients and fellow employees appreciate a well-deserved thank you. Give a thankyou note to a client for giving you the opportunity to serve and a workmate who did something special for you.
5. Find solutions to problems at work. Make positive suggestions.
6. Work on your public speaking. The toastmaster organization is very good for that.
7. Take courses, read books, and listen to recordings that help you develop your people skills.
“Eighty-ﬁve percent of the reason you get a job, keep that job, and move ahead in that job has to do with your people skills and people knowledge.” —Cavett Robert
Have a plan if all else fails:
If you think your job is on the line—no matter what—be prepared. Have a great resume organized. If you need it, get a professional to help you create a “killer” resume. Start looking for another job just in case. Better to be prepared than not. Go to this
website for reports on resume building:
10 Things that Deﬁne a Killer Resume http://www.squawkfox.com/2008/11/17/10-
SOURCE: Simply Fantastic – Living Better On Less