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Five Tips to Create Your Own Job Security

By Helene Cavalli on August 28, 2014

Would you trade your privacy for job security? It seems this Faustian bargain has been presented to some workers, and surprisingly, many have said they’d allow their company to monitor their personal social media activities in exchange for job security. Given the high level of uncertainty and change that many workers have experienced over the past several years, it’s not surprising that many workers feel stressed and anxious about long-term job prospects. The promise of security is alluring.

The Guardian recently reported on a study by consultants from PwC suggesting one-third of young workers would be willing to share personal data from social media sites in exchange for job security. Further, PwC predicts that online data mining by employers will continue to increase over the next decade. Because no one can predict with any certainty how shifting market demands, merger and acquisition activity or advancements in technology may create new opportunities or result in positions being eliminated, is job security something companies can realistically promise? With nothing really certain, the only real job security is your ability to secure a job.

Here are five tips that will help you manage the stress, take control and create your own job security:

  1. Formal education pays. The fact remains: workers with only a high school diploma have an unemployment rate of 6.1 percent compared to 3.1 percent for those with a college degree.
  2. Commit to continued education. If your lack of formal education is limiting your employment opportunities and college is cost prohibitive, keep your knowledge fresh via free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) offered through major universities.
  3. Embrace technology. Technological advances sometimes catch workers off guard, so stay current on the latest technology through self-learning, company training or formal courses.
  4. Develop and share expertise. Master your job so you become the “go-to” person that everyone counts on, then expand your knowledge base to include other facets of the organization. Invest in your job; never settle for the status quo.
  5. Stay networked. Networking should be an ongoing process — not just something to turn to when looking for a job. Stay connected with your network by actively engaging on professional online networking sites, attending meetings for your professional groups and keeping your social media profiles up to date.

While a guarantee of lifetime employment sounds great, you can take steps right now to ensure your own employment.  For more information on employment trends, download LHH’s 2014 Job Market Perspectives report.

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