CT Insights: How to Keep Your Job

This is a difficult time for many in the workforce, both administrators and end-users alike.

In his column this week for InfoWorld, J. Peter Bruzzese gave several important tips for IT Professionals to help them find and keep a job in today’s economy.  You can read his Enterprise Windows column here.

What can you do to keep your job as an end-user?  Here are a few suggestions:

1.  Prove Your Value:  There are many ways to show you are valuable to your existing employer or to a future employer.  One way is by showing that you are proactive about your own learning.  Using ClipTraining as an example, you have the ability through the ClipTraining Learning Portal to view videos (which improve your skill-set) and then take exams (which, once passed, can be shown as proof of your increased knowledge and ability).  If your employer has spent company funds, which are tight right now, to provide you this form of training… show you appreciate it by using it.  And if you purchased training on your own, find a way to make it known.  It shows you are a proactive, ever improving employee that nobody would want to lose.  One other suggestion would be to consider the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification.

2. Don’t be the ‘Squeaky Wheel’:  The old expression is ‘the squeaky wheel gets the grease’.  Today, the squeeky wheel (that is, the one always complaining) get replaced.  Obviously if you have legitimate concerns about something you should follow whatever company protocol is in place.  But complaining openly is only going to lead to lots of spare time in your life.  Rather than complaining, find ways to show you are a hard worker, always on-time, flexible, always positive about what you are doing.  It may feel impossible at times, but that’s how you keep a job today.

3. Don’t Do Social at Work:  Too many employees today are spending time on their Facebook pages these days.  Don’t be one of them.  Some administrators have cut off access to Facebook, YouTube and even the various news sites because if people aren’t wasting time in social media, they are over obsessing about the debt crisis or the stock market.  Too much information coming in can make it impossible to produce as an employee.  Remember, your Internet activity can be tracked at work.  And even if your IT department isn’t watching you, your fellow employees can see what you do all day long.  Consider your working environment like the show Survivor.  You need to make yourself that one member of the team that brings so much to the team, that even other team members don’t want to see you go.

So, those are a few practical points to keep in mind.  Prove your value, avoid complaining (while working hard) and avoid distractions so you can stay focused.

Posted on August 10, 2011 at 10:09 am

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