How to Keep Your Job in a Slowdown

Hard work, fresh thinking, and avoiding becoming a company scapegoat can all help.

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Enthusiasm for learning and growth is key. "Get involved with everything you possibly can," Little says. "Go to some industry conferences." Industries that are in dire straits are also looking for strategic and tactical thinkers. They need to employ people with vision, who embrace change and love to take on new projects. In other words, if you've got laurels, don't rest on them. In this business, they may already be irrelevant.