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Work hard to keep job or find new one

If your resolution is to find a new job or keep the one you have, consulting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas offers a few suggestions to meet your goals, even in a difficult economy. McClatchy-Tribune Newspapers

To keep your job

Seek more responsibility. Volunteer for challenging tasks and exhibit a take-charge attitude. Demonstrate how you can increase value for the corporation.

Meet your boss' boss. At the next company event, meet those at least two rungs higher on the corporate ladder. They're the ones who can advance your career.

Join a company committee. Joining or volunteering can help you build relationships with other people in your company whom you might otherwise never meet.

Find and/or become a mentor. Mentoring and being mentored provide perspectives and new ideas about career goals and how to achieve them.

Align individual and company goals. Look to bridge the gap in differences between your career objectives and your company's goals by attending meetings and company-offered development courses. This illustrates your willingness to be on board with the company's plans.

Discover ways to save money. Find ways to increase efficiency and performance while decreasing costs.

Become an expert on one facet of your field. Knowing more than anyone else on a specific issue or topic will help make you the "go-to" person. This specialized knowledge makes you extremely valuable and should be covered in your resume.

To find a job

Join LinkedIn, MySpace, Facebook, etc. More companies are searching the Internet for information about candidates, so create a professional-looking page that tells them you are exceptional.

Remove/cover tattoos. While body art is becoming more common and more accepted, many offices still find it unprofessional.

Get involved with a community service group. This is a great way to build your network as well as hone your skills.

Join a professional or trade association. These organizations can provide training and education opportunities and most hold several networking functions every year. The dues are worth it if you meet a person who can help you find a new job.

Meet 10 new people in your field but outside of your company. Building these relationships may help you in your current position and they will definitely help when you enter the job market.

Rev up your skills. Build upon your established skill set. Explore online courses and local certificate programs to broaden your industry knowledge.

Stay positive and be patient. Job searches are never easy, but it can be particularly daunting in a down economy. By maintaining a positive attitude and exhibiting patience, you can overcome the emotional barriers that could lengthen your search.

Work hard to keep job or find new one 01/22/09 [Last modified: Thursday, January 22, 2009 3:31am]
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