Friday, February 1, 2008

3 Surefire Ways to Recession Proof Your Job or Career – Part 1

According to a recent CNN poll, 57 percent of the public already believes that the U.S. economy is in a recession. With rising gas prices, plummeting house values and an unpredictably shaky stock market, many employees are already feeling queasy about their employment situation and where their employers might be headed.

The Financial Times is reporting that leading US companies are shifting into recession mode and preparing to cut costs, freeze hiring and reduce capital spending.

As you contemplate your next move, here are 3 surefire ways to recession proof your career now.

 Take a class at a local college or university and get serious about some additional training. Experts widely believe that we are currently living in what they term a "knowledge economy". The more knowledgeable you are, the more committed you are to lifelong learning, the more recession proof your career will be. Education and training is so accessible today via online programs, onsite training and flexible weekend programs, explore your opportunities to learn more.

 Keep doing a good job of meeting targets and objectives. Find ways to effectively do more with less and to work as efficiently as possible to maintain and increase productivity. Bring your "Kudos File" current so that you can quickly update and disseminate your resume if needed.

 Join a professional association and become involved with others in the same career. Maintain your contacts or connect with people you may not have touched basis with for a little while. Keep in mind that you are not connecting to ask for information or help, but to bring support and value if you can.

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