Job Security – when there is none

Some time ago one of my twitter followers asked me how he could secure himself against employers that only seemed to provide short contracts. He felt that many employers are just not providing any job security and when you are close to becoming “entitled” to get full time employment status they let you go.

There are a few things that need clarification here.

Firstly, smaller businesses would not be able to function without being able to hire temporary staff that they can then let go when the order book shrinks; they could on the other hand run the risk of bankruptcy should they take on permanent employees in this current climate. The good news is they are employing at all!

Secondly, there is a major shift in employment strategies. Workforces are very flexible, certainly in the services sector; employees can be from anywhere, as long as they have the internet. This is convenient for the employee and employer and this trend will expand over time. Remote working has only just started.

Finally, you need to be aware of your assets; this awareness is what secures you against unemployment. If you’re good at what you do, employers will want you and you could be placed on “permanent” short-term contracts. This obviously will not work when you are average at your job or exhibit the wrong attitude.

How do you create job security?

– Be great at what you do.
– Be valuable.
– Be flexible.
– Show the right attitude.

Failure to do so will inevitably result in short term contracts that stay short term.

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