By Jody Hendricks
Since the global financial meltdown, retrenchment has become part of our
everyday vocabulary. Jobs are not safe and people are usually the first to go
when a company start to cutback. Since the economic crash in 2008 more than a
million South Africans have lost their jobs and counting. Here today, gone tomorrow.
But you don’t have to be another statistic. Here are five ways to avoid the
firing line and build a bright career. Lets work it
Grow your skills
Get the edge over your colleagues. Having skills other employees don’t will
only be to your benefit. Know what the latest skills are that people in your
field need to have and acquire it. People who the company needs, rather than
people who need the company are not going anywhere.
Don’t moan if you have to attend another seminar or workshop. Go and
network. Let people in the industry know who you are. Namedrop, let your boss
know you had a nice chat with the CEO from a rival company. He’ll never let
someone go who’ll be an asset to the opposition.
Who’s the boss
Most bosses are from the planet idiot, but he is still the guy who pays your
salary at the end of the month. Get to know him. Does he like rugby or soccer?
Tea or coffee? Men or woman? Strike up a conversation that’s not work related.
Show interest in him as a person and not as the boss. The worker he has never
spoken to is much more likely to get the chop than the one who remembered his
favourite team won over the weekend
Lead the way
As the saying goes, anyone can manage but not everyone can lead. Managers
worry about retrenchment while leaders worry about where to go for their next
holiday. Be a leader in your company. When your boss walks around with the
chairman of the board, he should introduce his leading man to the big shots.
Your leadership qualities should be known at the highest level. If it is, then
you have a bright future with the company.
When it’s time to cut back bosses usually go for the dead wood first. These
are people who have been doing the same job for years, never applied for a
promotion and are just content with getting their salary at the end of the
month. Don’t be just another number. Show your boss you’re ambitious and that
you have big plans for the future. Go for broke and apply for that job that’s a
level higher than your current post. People who are career driven won’t be let
you go that easily.