Avoid The Axe: 3 Tips to Improve Tech Job Security
By Shannon Vize, Content Strategist at Mondo, an Addison Group company
Were you recently hit with a bad performance review? If you made a mistake, were bumped from a project, or even recently disagreed with your boss, here are some tips that can help improve your Tech job security before you give up and start the search for a brand new role.
3 Ways to Improve Tech Job Security
CNET reports that businesses end up paying up to $15,000 when replacing employees with a specialized skill set, meaning companies like the one you work for aren’t looking to replace Tech talent regularly. Which is why it’s important to recognize the tell-tale signs of decreasing job security early on and to quickly implement these strategies to improve your performance and Tech job security:
As soon as you realize you’ve been left out of an important meeting, are receiving fewer projects, or your manager has discovered your coding error, you’ll want to open up and improve the communication between you and management. Start asking for direct feedback and showing that you are actively working towards improving the situation. Enhancing the communication between you and your direct manager and requesting feedback will mean putting your boss on the spot at times, but if you don’t take the constructive, honest criticism personally, you may save your job and have better security within your role.
They’ve hired you before, so a great way to improve your Tech job security is reminding your boss of why they brought you on in the first place. Take the time to learn how to resell yourself, highlighting what you’ve accomplished so far, the in-demand skills you possess and the reasons you are an asset to the team and the company as a whole. Selling yourself shows that you’re still interested in the position and will remind management of the skills, qualifications, and tangible elements you bring to the table.
Even when you’re looking to strengthen your Tech job security the number of hours you work may not yield the results you want. Instead of working longer hours to prove your dedication, you’ll need to learn how to work smarter. Working smarter will require you to envision each project from start to finish and map out needs, potential problem areas, and the required timelines. Thinking strategically will show your manager you recognize the importance of thinking things through and that you’re able to not only do the work but also develop the necessary strategies.