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Smart Tips for Holding On To Your Job In A Recession
Wednesday, August 19, 2009 • Posted August 19, 2009

Texas CPAs Recommend Four Job Saving Tips

DALLAS – Every day, it seems as if the news is filled with reports of layoffs and job cuts at more companies. If you’re concerned about the safety of your own position, there are some smart steps you can take to recession-proof your situation, according to the Texas Society of CPAs.

BE A STANDOUT

A recession is a good time to increase your visibility and show off your good side to your employer. Aim for excellence in everything you do. Develop a reputation for reliability, cooperation, timeliness and any other positive attributes you believe your boss values most. In short, even if you were doing a great job before, try to work even harder to prove just how indispensable you are.

GO BEYOND THE BASICS

How can you manage that? If you’ve been keeping strict 9-to-5 hours, it may be time to consider a change in habits. Getting in early and staying late can impress your boss and demonstrate your commitment to your job. If your boss asks for volunteers for a new project, make sure your name is on the list. Try to maintain a realistically cheerful attitude that has a positive influence on your co-workers.

Whenever possible, go the extra mile so that your boss sees you as someone who can be counted on at all times.

HIGHLIGHT YOUR HIGH POINTS

Don’t be shy about your accomplishments. In fact, it’s a good idea to create a list of your achievements, with specific details about the contribution you’ve made. For example, if you’re directly involved in sales or budgeting, add up the money you believe you’re brought into the company or helped save it. If you’re in an administrative job, perhaps your ideas for changing work flow in your department have cut down on the time needed to complete projects. No matter what your situation, be aware of all the good work you have done-—and be ready to talk about it. When these subjects come up, don’t hesitate to remind your boss about the contributions you’ve made. If you believe your company is on the verge of layoffs, consider meeting with your boss to describe in detail the positive benefits you’ve brought and what you believe you can add in the future.

CONSIDER A PAY CUT

Many companies are offering employees pay cuts or unpaid furloughs as a way to avoid outright layoffs. Taking home less money for the same job doesn’t sound like a good deal, but it just may be right now. That’s because employment can be hard to find in a recession and you will be losing out on your entire salary during the weeks-—and perhaps months-—that it may take you to find a new position.

That’s why a pay cut or furlough may be a good compromise for both you and your company. In fact, if you are subject to a layoff, try offering to work for reduced pay instead. Companies are usually very reluctant to lay off good workers but may feel they have no other choice-—unless you give them one.

TURN TO YOUR CPA

People who are uncertain about their own job security usually also have many other questions about important financial issues. Remember that your local CPA can help. Consult him or her on all the critical financial issues facing your family.

PERSONAL FINANCE INFORMATION

For additional personal finance tips, visit www.ValueYourMoney.org. While there, sign up to receive a free monthly electronic newsletter with personal finance tips on a variety of topics.

ABOUT TSCPA

TSCPA (http://www.tscpa.org) is a nonprofit, voluntary, professional organization representing Texas CPAs. The society has 20 local chapters statewide and has 28,000 members, one of the largest in-state memberships of any state CPA society in the United States. TSCPA is committed to serving the public interest with programs that advance the highest standards of ethics and practice within the CPA profession.

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