Even when you work for a well-run organization, profits can unexpectedly plummet, and layoffs can result in those cases. Sadly, employees generally find themselves powerless to prevent this. What you can do is keep your eyes and ears open. That way, you can be proactive should you see many of the following signs that layoffs may be coming your way in the future.
One or two of the above issues will not likely lead to job cuts, but a group of them is likely to. What’s more, although your manager says there’s no need to worry, he or she may not be in the loop.
Should you see a number of these signs, jump-start your job search by updating your resume. Document your achievements: how you’ve saved the company money, completed projects ahead of schedule or instituted successful new initiatives. Network online and offline, register with a staffing agency and start looking at active job postings and ads.
Getting laid off will always be a blow, but if you act early you can keep your sanity intact—and your career on track with minimal impact.
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