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Managing your career in challenging times

Lynn Hazan, President of Lynn Hazan & Associates, Inc.

CHICAGO, IL -- If your company/agency/nonprofit were to cut positions in your department because of budget cuts, would your job be on the chopping block? Do you feel safe? Here are a few questions to stimulate your thinking. Your goal is to ensure that you not only keep your job, but reinforce that you are viewed as a valued contributor.

Do you deserve to keep your job? Are you the "go-to" person for advice, insight, and support? Are you a tech guru? Are you keeping up to date on the latest technology? Are you on top of the latest communications trends and techniques? Are you branding yourself and your capabilities? Do you volunteer for difficult assignments? Are you building your relationship ladders within your company? Do you work efficiently and effectively? Are you a positive person to have around?

These questions help to pinpoint your value propositions. The best employees not only do great work, but they also rise to the occasion. They provide leadership and strength. They get out of their cubes. They pick up on the nuances of life at work and spot trends or opportunities to contribute. They create new communication tools and channels to empower employees at work. They manage their relationships. By building alliances, these employees are seen as bridge builders. They keep their jobs and are often promoted when the economy picks up again.

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