Looking to the Long Term: How to Create Job Security for Yourself

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Can you see yourself happily staying with your current company long-term? If job security is something that you seek, you need to consider making yourself the kind of indispensable employee that your company needs to keep around. It’s not just about working hard, there are some strategies that you can use to gain the professional security you desire. For example:

Grab Critical Projects or Tasks Others Don’t Know How to Do

Management wants to see growth out of their employees; while you can excel at the job you are hired for, what really keeps you around for the long-term is being able to take on new challenges, even if it might be a little bit out of your wheelhouse. Volunteering to take on critical projects, especially tasks that others don’t want to do, will help to make you stand out on your team. These projects may also involve training, and an introduction to software and systems that may be the future of your industry.

Deliver Excellent Results

All companies use some sort of metrics to keep track of their top performing employees. Whether it’s sales numbers, online click-thru’s, or other types of productivity analysis, if you are delivering excellent results it will show up on the reports for management to see. With this in mind, be aware of what management is keeping track of and how they are judging your performance. While there may be other noticable ways you are exceling at your job, staying near the top of quantifiable reports will help you stand out, and even put you front-and-center for promotions that come around.

Pay Attention to Things Effecting Your Industry or Company

One of the biggest keys to job security is making yourself the kind of employee that can help lead your company into the future. Keeping abreast of what is happening both in your industry, and internally in your company, and where it is going will help you stay ahead of the curve, allowing you to get the skills and training to be viable in your job going into the future. Subscribe to industry related blogs and emails so you can be aware of what trends are occurring in your industry. If things are in either an upswing or a downturn, understand why it is occurring and what it means for you.

Is It Too Late To Apply? How an “Old” Job Ad Can Lead To Great Opportunities

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Have you come across a job ad that has been up for more than a few weeks and wondered if you should apply to something that, statistically, should have already been filled by now? While it’s true that companies get hundreds of applications within the first 24 hours of the job ad being published, there is a lot of value in checking into a job that has been out a little bit longer. Here is a process for doing that.

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3 Smart Ways to Stay Productive this Summer

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Summer, and the warm weather that comes with it, is finally here! While summer is good for the soul, it can present distractions that can hinder your work. Studies show that productivity can drop up to 20% in the summer months and projects can take 13% longer to complete. Luckily, there are some simple ways to keep your productivity up while still enjoying the summer:

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Working With a Recruiter? These Four Things Will Help You Get Your Next Job

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Working with a recruiter is part of a smart job search strategy that gives you access to new opportunities and expert advice. Plus, in the case of AppleOne, it’s all free. Working with a recruiter does not mean you can put your search on cruise control though. There are some things you need to do to get the most from your relationship.

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3 Easy Ways to Reach Out to Your Network on Social Media …With Minimal Clicks

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Think you are too busy to fit some networking into your day? What if I told you that you could do some of your most important networking in a matter of seconds in the course of a normal Social Media session.  Your favorite social sites have made it insanely easy to reach out to your network and let them know that you are there for them, for example:

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