In today’s highly competitive and fast-paced work environments, the skills you use for the job you have now may change tomorrow. Indeed, the job you have today may disappear because of outsourcing, off-shoring, or just bad economic times. Alternatively the job you were initially hired to do may expand and result in a raise or a promotion.

Always make sure your on-the-job skills are up to date and that you are doing more than what you consider to be “your job.” This may mean acquiring new skills and redefining your job.

Take initiative and demonstrate your entrepreneurial skills. Treat your boss as if he or she were your client by exceeding most expectations related to performing your job.

Your continuing employment depends on satisfying the needs of your client - your boss. Never assume the skills and experience you have today will be sufficient for the job tomorrow.

Always define what you are doing today in reference to the larger needs of the company. Ask yourself, for example, “Am I a continuing asset to what may be a rapidly changing company? Will I be needed as much tomorrow as I am today?”

SOURCE: Adapted from Ron and Caryl Krannich, Ph.Ds, The Ex-Offender's Job Hunting Guide (Manassas Park, VA: Impact Publications). Copyright 2005. All rights reserved.