Answered by Stephanie, Hiring Expert at Asurion, on Thursday, March 19, 2015
Job security is important - it allows you to feel comfortable in a work environment and trust the company for which you work. While the state of the company may be out of your control, there are steps you can take to put yourself in the best position to avoid being affected by lay-offs and cut backs. First, do your research. Instead of applying for any and every open position, take time to perform a web search of the company. Read whatever articles you can find that might give you insight as to the current state of the company. Then, apply for open positions at companies who are in a healthy state. Next, build your resume. Instead of spending your summer working at the highest paying job, consider interning (possibly even without pay) in order to gain relevant experience. Money isn't everything - sometimes the bigger payoff is becoming more qualified and experienced, so that you increase your value as an employee. Finally, once you start your new job network, network, network. Be genuine as you meet and form new relationships with people at the company. Be open to learning from them, helping them (even if it requires working outside your job description and/or past 5 p.m.), and viewing them as resources. Also, remember that your attitude is important - be positive and take initiative in your work. Doing these things may not have an affect on layoffs at the company you work for, but they should put you in a position to have more job security despite layoffs.