Ensure Your Role is an Integrated Part of the Company

By Rich Milgram  |  Posted 2010-07-14 Print this article Print

Tip No. 2: Ensure your role is an integrated part of the company

Plain and simple, those out on an island get voted off the island. If management does not consider your role a critical component to the company, you are risking the possibility of your position being eliminated. Make sure key areas of the business understand what you do and the role you play in the organization's success.

Spend time networking with others internally and collecting domain knowledge rather than just completing the tasks assigned to you. When the company is faced with downsizing, it's usually too late to demonstrate your worth. It must be part of the foundation that you have built with the company over time.

Tip No. 3: Demonstrate a strong foundation of IT skills

Technology professionals who are always in demand are those who offer backbone IT skills and support needed to keep a business running efficiently. Some of the professionals who are in the most demand include network security engineers to ensure the security of the company infrastructure, software developers and engineers to develop and enhance new products for the company, and infrastructure architects to identify new ways to get more value out of existing hardware.

Additionally, database professionals hold an increasingly crucial role in a business by creating and managing databases that store key business information. This allows the company to analyze data and make better decisions.

Rich Milgram is the founder and CEO of Beyond.com, Inc. Rich is a subject matter expert on the topics of online recruitment, software development and applications, career consulting, entrepreneurship, identity protection and related topics. Rich holds a Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from Boston University. He can be reached at richm@beyond.com.

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