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Tips to help you avoid being laid off

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The fear of layoffs has workers in every industry asking how they can become more valuable to their employers to avoid being downsized. America Now sought advice from an expert on how to help protect your position.

If you fear the company you work for could lay you off, here are some steps that may help you keep your job. Sophie Williams helps people who've been laid off find new jobs. She's the Director of Career Development Services at Goodwill. Williams says if your employer may cut workers, try to become a more valuable employee.

First, she suggests cross-training: learning other skills that your company needs. Explained Williams, "Often times, the individual that's cross-trained is the one that's last fired because the employer knows they can use that person in several different positions."

You can even ask your supervisor what skills would be helpful for you to learn.

Second, Williams says brush up skills that make you a better employee. "Learn how to interact with others, learn how to communicate orally and written communication, learn how to be a problem solver, not a problem creator."

Third, she says, talk up your successful projects. "You are your own entrepreneur, selling yourself in that position. Network within the workplace, know who you need to be talking to," Williams suggests.

Goodwill Community Employment Centers offer free workshops to help make you a valuable employee or to find a new job. Click here for a calendar of their workshops.

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