How To Be Keep Your Job In 2009/2010
Whether we like it or not (and irregardless of whether we admit it or not), Malaysia's economy will be affected by the global recession. Already we are seeing retrenchment occurring, sometimes in the less painful guise of Voluntary Separation Schemes, share prices plummeting, and commodity prices softening across the board. While the global recession will probably get worse before it gets better, we can either sit tight and hope it passes us by or take some pro-active steps to prepare ourselves.
The first and easiest thing you can do is update your resume so you'll be prepared when retrenchments hit your company.
Start by adding all of the accomplishments you've achieved in your current role. Do this to show you've continued to learn through your professional experience and certifications.
Next, revise your previous history and highlight your skills and abilities that are relevant in 2009. You want to limit your resume to a single page, so lose the experience and credentials that are out of date and no longer useful. Plus, outdated credentials will do you more harm than good.
Fill in any holes or weaknesses in your resume. Re-certify and get additional certifications. If you're under-certified, start earning the certifications you need now. This recession is going to last for the next 12-16 months. Now it the time to make sure your credentials are solid and can stand up to scrutiny. Retrenchments come without warning, so you have to start today.
Keeping your resume up-to-date is always a smart thing to do, even if you don't lose your job. And it's a prudent move to make if you do. You should also become active on career networking sites and update your memberships in professional organisations. (Incidentally, this was why we started this forum in the first place)
Whatever happens, remember this; don't get caught with your pants down. This recession has claimed some pretty powerful victims already. Take action today, while you're still in a position of power.
Many companies participate in the Human Resources Development Fund (HRDF). If you can, take advantage of it and get your training funded. Even if your company isn't part of the HRDF, getting yourself prepared for the worst through appropriate training may be a more viable investment than hoping to strike it rich in Toto