4 tips for living with uncertainty in corporate America

Having a comfortable job in corporate America can provide certain advantages, but job security isn’t always one of them. Here’s how to thrive during uncertainty.

Having a comfortable job in a corporate office space can provide advantages, but job security isn’t always one of them.

What happens when you don’t get that raise you were hoping for, your employer decides to restructure, or they make the tough choice to relocate the company altogether, jeopardizing your position?

Here’s how to thrive during uncertainty.

Make sure your resume and website are up-to-date

Getting laid off is the last thing you want to think about, but you should periodically update your resume to reflect your current employment status.

Also make sure your professional website has your current portfolio and that each page is edited to reflect where you’re currently working. You don’t want a recruiter to stumble upon your website, only to find out that it’s not accurate.

That being said, if your position gets eliminated, or you feel the need to jump ship, you won’t have to do the heavy lifting of updating everything before more heavy lifting while applying for jobs.

Stay in touch with your network

Don’t just reach out when you need help.

Make sure you stay in contact with your connections over the course of the year— wish them happy holidays, briefly fill them in on what you’ve been up to, offer to help them with projects, and offer to give back to less experienced people who they know in your field.

This way, reaching out won’t look like you’re suddenly groveling after letting a long time go by.

Make sure you have enough money in your emergency fund

If you get laid off, and your company doesn’t provide a lengthy severance package, you might be in for serious financial trouble. So make an effort to contribute a percentage of your income to your savings every time you take home a paycheck.

Automating parts of the savings process can be a big help because you won’t have to manually transfer money. Even if you forget, your money is still working for you.

Also be sure to set up your 401(k) as early as possible so you have to save less money in a shorter amount of time down the line.

Talk to someone about performance and company outlook

You don’t want to be blindsided.

If your employer doesn’t do performance reviews, you’ll need to take the initiative and meet with your manager about how you’re faring. You might think you’re contributing enough to the team, but your supervisor might be able to highlight areas of potential improvement.

You’ll also want to have as much information as possible about the company’s goals, if it’s been successful in achieving them so far, and where it’s heading. That way, it will be easier to tell if your department has been underperforming, and you can make informed decisions about the work you’re doing.

Make sure you’re on the same page as your supervisor, and ask HR if you have any further questions about the company as a whole.

Jane Burnett|is a reporter for Ladders and can be reached at jburnett@theladders.com.