No One’s Ever Indispensable at Work

No One’s Ever Indispensable at Work

In this week’s podcast, I talk about how to make yourself indispensable at work.

In this blog, I’m telling you that no one is ever truly indispensable at work.

Nope, I’m not schizophrenic.

While I want you to make yourself as invaluable an employee as you possibly can be, s**t happens.

The company decides to eliminate your entire department.

The company decides to eliminate everyone in the company with your job title.

Your boss has to eliminate $X from the budget, and you’re a part of the casualties.

Each of these are situations my clients have found themselves in over the past year.

Here’s my point: You don’t want to be caught flat-footed when these things happen.

To avoid having to start from scratch when you receive the termination notice, here are five things you can do:

*1. Keep your resume and LinkedIn profile up-to-date. *

I call this being ARFO – Always Ready For Opportunity. Here’s the way I look at this: Noah didn’t wait until it started raining to build the ark.

While is hunky dory, get your documents updated. And keep them that way. This is a best practice many of my clients engage in, and I highly recommend it.


  1. Maintain your professional network. **

PLEASE resist the temptation to put your networking on the shelf once you’ve landed in a job. By spending a bit of time networking on a regular basis, you will have a fully functioning network to access when you need it.

You won’t be starting from square one, begging people you haven’t had any communication with for ages.


  1. Be open to conversations with recruiters. **

Recruiters like to speak with happily employed candidates, using their skills to sell you on the opportunity they’re offering.

Have these conversations. You might feel like you’re being disloyal to your current employer, but I promise you’re just taking care of yourself.

Here’s what else I see consistently with my clients: those who follow #1 are more likely to do #3. Otherwise, there’s that deer-in-the-headlights “My resume is ancient” thing going on in your head.


  1. Keep your skills and certifications current. **

Maintaining your professional credentials will make you much more marketable should you lose your job. A good way to know what qualifications employers are looking for in your field is to search online job postings. If there’s a new credential that seems to be in high demand, get it if possible.


  1. Do a great job every day. **

I’ve harped on this one of late, but it bears repeating: The best way to get a new job is do do a great job where you’re at today.

There is NO upside in slacking off at work, ESPECIALLY if layoffs abound or rumors of a reorganization are rampant. After all, you want your current boss/co-workers to be references for you in your job search.

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