10 Ways To Make Yourself Unfireable

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<p>10 Ways To Make Yourself Unfireable</p> <p>10 Ways to Make Yourself Unfireable</p> <p>Dont just sit there, basking in your continued employmentPhew. You survived the culling. Or maybe your school district has managed to avoid a mass layoff. Either way, youre one of the lucky ones.</p> <p>Unlike so many of your friends and family, you wont have to deal with the unemployment office or cancel your cable yet.</p> <p>But instead of sitting smugly at your desk, you should be thinking about what you can do (right now!) to make yourself absolutely indispensable. </p> <p>Having a job is not a civil right. Everyone is vulnerable to cutbacks. Now is not the time for complacency.</p> <p>The good news is, there are lots of steps you can take to help safeguard your position. If you want to be the last person theyd think of letting go, follow our ten tips</p> <p>1. Save Your School Money</p> <p>Do you have an idea for how your school can cut costs? Pitch it!</p> <p>Whether its moving towards soft copy to save on printer paper, or a killer idea to streamline your supply chain, now is the time to show management you understand the importance of the bottom line.</p> <p>Even if they dont adopt your brilliant plan, theyll respect your eye for savings and appreciate your effort.2. Be Positive</p> <p>No one wants to work with a Negative Nancy. Ever. And especially not now. Bad news abounds, and frankly, everyone is really tired of it.</p> <p>So instead of complaining about the state of the economy, rising gas prices or your mother-in-law, focus on the positive. Share on-the-job success stories. Be optimistic about your job, and focus on steps you can take to have a positive impact on the future. </p> <p>Share good news (when you come across it). Make jokes where appropriate. Smile. </p> <p>Things cant be that bad for you. You still have a job, remember?3. Work Longer Hours</p> <p>Im not suggesting you stay until midnight. Im not even suggesting you miss prime time. What I am suggesting is that you be prepared to stay until the task at hand is finished. </p> <p>In the past, you might have left work shortly after the school day ends, just short of completing something (reasoning that youd finish it up in the morning). Nowadays, its good practice to stick around that extra half-hour or hour it takes to get it done. </p> <p>You may also consider coming in early so that you can get yourself organized before the workday begins. You dont want to be the teacher whos scrambling to start class on time.</p> <p>4. Be a Leader</p> <p>You might not have a leadership job title, but that doesnt mean you cant act like you do. </p> <p>Being a leader means helping others. It means understanding the bigger picture. It means being vocal about possible improvements and thinking not just about yourself and your position, but about the overall goals of the organization. </p> <p>Schools need leaders. Right now, you need to be needed. If youve got leadership qualities youve been sitting on, now is the time to let them emerge.5. Steer Clear of Gossip</p> <p>News travels fast. Especially juicy news. Well, guess what. If you heard it, chances are, so did your boss. And if you play any part in its proliferation, chances are, your boss will know that too.</p> <p>As tempting as it can be, dont get sucked into gossip. As soon as you do, you implicate yourself, make enemies and come off as unprofessional. If someone else insists on telling you something, make sure it stops with you.</p> <p>The ramifications of being a gossip are a lot more serious than detention or a missed birthday party invite.6. Enhance Your Skill Set</p> <p>Youve got what it takes to do the job youre doing. Obviously.</p> <p>But why not enhance your skill set to make yourself even more valuable to your team? Or better at your job? Faster? Maybe some additional technology skills would allow you to help with your school website or school wide presentations.</p> <p>There is always room for improvement. Now is a great time to explore any additional skills that will turn you into an indispensable employee. And with so much information out there, you can do so at a minimal cost. If you cant afford to take a night class, buy a book (or check one out from the library!) or take an online tutorial. </p> <p>And once you become a master at your chosen skill, you can offer to lead a workshop for the entire team. Voila. Youve just become a leader (see #4)!</p> <p>7. Work Well With Others</p> <p>It may sound cheesy, but think of your workforce as a family. After all, you spend eight hours a day together, you depend on each other for the survival of the students, and you have no choice but to at least tolerate one another.</p> <p>Now more than ever, effective collaboration is seen as a key driver of success. So put aside differences in age, background and interests, and learn how to communicate effectively with your colleagues.</p> <p>Its not just the schools survival that depends on it its your own.8. Watch Your Back</p> <p>Think your boss doesnt notice all those personal calls? Or how much time you spend on Twitter? Think again. Often, theyre paying closer attention than you think. And if ever they suspect youre wasting their time, they can easily look up phone, email or internet records.</p> <p>Now is not the time to be sloppy about personal communications on the job.</p> <p>Depending on your school, it might be okay to take the occasional, quick phone call, or send an email or two on your lunch break. But if youre on Gmail every time your boss walks up into your room, youre asking for trouble.9. Keep Time Off to a Minimum</p> <p>If youve got strep throat, stay home. Is your sister getting married? Go ahead and take a day off (the wrath of Bridezilla = scarier than being fired). </p> <p>Its not that you shouldnt take time off. Its just that you should try and be a little more particular about your reasons, especially if your school district is experiencing cutbacks. Dont plan any long, extravagant vacations (at least until the waters settle). </p> <p>A week-long trip to the Bahamas sounds fun, but coming back to no job will be anything but.</p> <p>10. Be Visible</p> <p>Modesty is a sweet quality. Except, of course, in a recession.</p> <p>If youre working late, helping others and/or coming up with new, killer ideas, make sure someone (other than your mother) knows about it.</p> <p>Give your principal regular updates on your progress. Even a weekly or semi-weekly recap of your accomplishments, sent by email, will do the trick. Youre not bragging, youre just making sure they know what youve been working on. </p> <p>Lets face it: if you dont toot your own horn, no one else will.10. Be Visible</p> <p>Modesty is a sweet quality. Except, of course, in a recession.</p> <p>If youre working late, helping others and/or coming up with new, killer ideas, make sure someone (other than your mother) knows about it.</p> <p>Give your principal regular updates on your progress. Even a weekly or semi-weekly recap of your accomplishments, sent by email, will do the trick. Youre not bragging, youre just making sure they know what youve been working on. </p> <p>Lets face it: if you dont toot your own horn, no one else will.</p>