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10 Ways to Make Yourself Unfireable

Tania Khadder | Excelle

Don’t just sit there, basking in your continued employment…
Phew. You survived the culling. Or maybe your company has managed to avoid a mass layoff. Either way, you’re one of the lucky ones.

Unlike so many of your friends and family, you won’t have to deal with the unemployment office or cancel your cable — yet.

But instead of sitting smugly at your desk, you should be thinking about what you can do (right now!) to make yourself absolutely indispensable.

Having a job is not a civil right. Everyone is vulnerable to cutbacks. Now is not the time for complacency.


The good news is, there are lots of steps you can take to help safeguard your position. And who knows? You may even end up with a promotion!

If you want to be the last person they’d think of letting go, follow our ten tips.

First Tip >>


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    over 3 years ago

    6 comments

    As much as I'd like this to be a clear cut subject, it's not. This article sets people's expectations all wrong. If you are the type of person who is mearly trying not to get fired, instead of trying to succeed, then none of these tips will be of use. No amount of working long hours and running yourself into the ground can be a substitute for lack of motivation. I've worked for a Fortune 100 company (260,000+ employees) for over 8 years, and know plenty of people who worked for my company who were laid off even though they satisfied all the metrics outlined in this article. Perhaps it should be retitled "How to get noticed in a medium-small size firm". Working in a large company, it's ONLY about who you know, how many connections you have.

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    over 3 years ago

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    As much as I would like to agree with all of these wonderful tips, my experience has been that some companies find everyone dispensable. Social work is tough because often times the company you work for can be ungrateful, the reward is in helping the client. My experience has been that leadership skills from the lower ladder are not highly looked upon. When I realized that my job took priority over my children, I knew it was time to move on. Currently, working on a Master's degree, to become indispensable or my own boss.

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    gsha

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