When we first start a new position, we strive to acclimate quickly to not only prove our worth, but also to perform at a level that is acceptable to our new team. Once we start performing the functions of our new role correctly and consistently, we set our sights on the illusive “job security” by finding ways to become indispensable to the company. After putting so much time and effort into securing a job and becoming a seemingly crucial team member, you would think that you could breathe easy with the confidence that your role in the company is secure.

Despite our best efforts, the truth is that employers really can’t guarantee the job security that we seek. Knowing and acknowledging this can lead to the feeling of job insecurity- fear of losing your job- and can cause anxiety and stress to overwhelm you. The best way to overcome this feeling is to replace it with a feeling of career security.

To start building career security, take the following into consideration:

  • Find new ways to expand your role: Your role should never become stagnant and repetitive. Take the initiative to expand your role and seek opportunities to acquire new skills and gain the experience that will make you a more competitive candidate.
  • Periodically update your resume: Most people make the mistake of waiting until they are unemployed to update their resume. However, anyone who has lost their job knows that the last thing that you will want to do is sit down and attempt to update an outdated resume. It is also unlikely that you will be in the right state of mind to recount your experiences accurately. The best course of action is to periodically update your resume, and set yourself up to secure your next job (whenever that may be) as a result. 
  • Stay current in your field: While it is easy to slip into complacency when you have been at a company for a few years, it is detrimental to your overall career security. Seeking opportunities to learn from others in your field through classes, trainings and mentorships will make you a more desirable candidate and keep your career on track even after losing your job.
  • Don’t let your LinkedIn profile go stale: One of the first impressions that you make when you are looking for a new job is on LinkedIn. Like your resume, your profile should be kept current so that if you need to start looking for a job, you do not have to take the time to update your profile in addition to submitting applications.

The unfortunate truth is that job security is never a certainty; however, we do not need to let insecurities about our future with a company cause us anxiety. Instead, we can be proactive and prepare for the “what ifs” by creating career security.