October 23, 2013, 3:23 PM — No one likes a braggart, but being vocal about your work can save you from the dreaded "We need to see you in Conference Room A" phone call.
AOL Jobs' Miriam Salpeter wisely notes that if no one knows what you do - or the extent of your contributions - that could work against you if your company is downsizing.
"Unfortunately, if you're great at your job, but no one is likely to know it, you probably aren't high on the 'must keep' list at work," she says. "Think about this age-old question: 'If a tree falls in a forest when no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?' You don't need to call yourself a parade or throw streamers every time you accomplish something, but it isn't a bad idea to send information up the management chain when you solve a problem or handle a significant situation."
Another tip for staying employed: contribute to the bottom line. This is easy to prove if you're in sales or any position that generates income. But what if you're in IT?
Salpeter asks: "Do your ideas generate income? Can you point to problems you've solved that saved money for your employer? Do you create systems or implement policies that enhance your organization's ability to be competitive? These are probably the next best thing to actually bringing income in when it comes to a loose definition of 'essential.' "
And to tie this back to her first tip: If your work drives money to the bottom line, don't be shy about pointing that out to the powers that be.
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