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Job Security

Are you pigeon holing yourself? I know we all love the term Job security. We all want that but what about the other side of the coin?

What happens when you pigeon-hole yourself into your position. You ensure that no one else can do your job. Guess what? That’s not necessarily a good thing.

If no one else can do your job, that means some companies/managers will not want you to move out of that role.

Are you keeping all of your information to yourself? Have you put yourself in a bucket of “irreplaceable”?

Irreplaceable, means just that. That no one can replace you. Which you might think is a good thing, but what happens when you want to be promoted and your boss says, “But, Joe, you are irreplaceable. We can’t possibly find someone else like you for this job.”

What do you do in this situation?

  1. Document every process that you use. Do it in a way that someone competent can step into your job and be able to do your job, with efficiency and accuracy in about a few months.

  2. Have conversations with your boss about your upward mobility. The child that cries, is the child that gets fed. If your boss doesn’t know about your plans, then s/he can’t help you.

  3. Don’t forget to document your achievements. This will help make your case for why you would be good at the next position up.

Remember, be useful. Not irreplaceable. Useful people get promoted, irreplaceable people can get stuck.

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