Tips to Keep Your Job

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - New labor statistics will be released later this week, and once again some analysts say the figures will reflect the fact that more Americans are out of a job.

As of now, unemployment sits at 8.5% nationwide. However, think of it this way, that means more than 91% of workers still have a job.  So how do you stay in that number?

"You need to in some way, set yourself apart from all the other employees," says Betty Jackson,  Vice President of Administrative Services at Columbus Techincal College.  Jackson oversees several departments at the college, including Human Resources.

She has a set of tips she likes to call the Three As: attitude, appearance and attendance.

"How is your attitude about the job, are you going there willingly and ready to go to work and focusing on what you were hired to do? Do you look the part, a lot of times you don't get to speak, so do you look the part?  Do you really show up to where you're supposed to be at the right time, I call that the three As, and if you can do that in your work ethics, somebody will notice that," explains Jackson.

Another way to get noticed, experts say is to stay on top of additional training.

"Taking advantage of any training classes that are available, if the company has a training website," says Manpower's Delia Postell of what workers should constantly be doing to learn and upgrade their skills.

According to Jackson, this should also include cross-training within your department and across the company.

"That way nine out of ten times, I'm going be able to know a job below mine and I'm going know a job above mine," adds Jackson.

According to the National Association of Colleges and Employers Job Outlook 2008 Survey, the top qualities wanted by employers are:

1. Communication skills

2. Strong work ethic

3. Teamwork skills

4. Initiative

5. Interpersonal skills

Other tips include, networking, even when it's not necessary.  Experts say it's also a good idea to ask for more work.  In addition, try to get involved with company activities that may not directly relate to your job.

"If there's a volunteer project coming up and you get the time to go, do, be there, be seen," exclaims Postell!

And when things get rough, workers can keep this quote in mind, it sits just over Postell's shoulder as a reminder.

"The best way to appreciate your job is to imagine yourself without it!"