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How Secure is Your Job? A Job Jeopardy/Layoff Assessment from Quintessential Careers


 

by Randall S. Hansen, Ph.D.

 

Workers who are happy in their jobs rarely take the time to assess their job security. Workers who are unhappy or struggling avoid thinking about job security. Workers who are working for an organization in the middle of a merger or acquisition do all they can to ignore rumors about job security.

 

The reality is that most of us will be fired or downsized at least once in our careers, and while that event is traumatic enough, it's best not to be blindsided by a job loss. The value of this assessment is to help you gauge your job security so that you can take steps to protect your job and/or begin searching for a new job.

 

Is your job in jeopardy? Take our assessment and find out!

 

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You will receive the answers and a scoring guide via e-mail.

 

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Directions: Answer yes or no to the following statements as they relate to your current employment.

 

  1. My employer is in the midst of -- or has just announced plans for -- an organizational restructuring.
    Yes
    No

     

  2. My boss can rarely be found in his office, and when he is there, it appears as though no work is getting accomplished as he is always on the phone or computer -- or locked behind closed doors.
    Yes
    No

     

  3. My employer has hired consultants to review its business plan and strategies.
    Yes
    No

     

  4. Increasingly frequent memos about cost-cutting measures (such as office supplies, travel budgets, etc.) are being disseminated throughout the organization.
    Yes
    No

     

  5. My employer is "redistributing assets," closing or merging branch offices or plants, and placing a freeze on salaries, promotions, and/or new hiring.
    Yes
    No

     

  6. My organization or division is under new management and my new boss has ignored requests to meet with me.
    Yes
    No

     

  7. My employer's direct competitors and/or key suppliers have announced cutbacks and layoffs.
    Yes
    No

     

  8. Tension within the department, division, organization is extremely high.
    Yes
    No

     

  9. My employer has begun outsourcing major operations overseas.
    Yes
    No

     

  10. The stock price or bond rating of my employer has suddenly dropped.
    Yes
    No

     

  11. My employer has announced plans to move to smaller or less expensive offices.
    Yes
    No

     

  12. My workload has lightened and/or I have been reassigned from major projects.
    Yes
    No

     

  13. I am no longer asked to attend key planning or team meetings.
    Yes
    No

     

  14. My co-workers have begun to treat me differently. (These could be very subtle changes from not returning phone calls to more obvious ones as giving you the silent treatment.)
    Yes
    No

     

  15. My boss has reassigned me -- without you requesting it -- to a job at a lower level or with fewer responsibilities that she thinks is "better suited for you."
    Yes
    No

     

  16. My boss and/or co-workers have told me that my attitude is a distraction to others and affecting morale.
    Yes
    No

     

  17. When I do attend meetings and raise issues or concerns, my opinions are ignored.
    Yes
    No

     

  18. I've been asked to write a memo explaining my role within the organization, including a list of daily job responsibilities and key contacts.
    Yes
    No

     

  19. I've been asked to take a pay cut (whether "temporary" or permanent).
    Yes
    No

     

  20. I've been told that my job performance is no longer acceptable -- even though I know I have not changed the way I have been performing my job.
    Yes
    No

     

 

      

 

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Questions about some of the terminology used in this quiz? Get more information (definitions and links) on key college, career, and job-search terms by going to our Job-Seeker's Glossary of Job-Hunting Terms.

 

QuintCareers.com Founder Dr. Randall Hansen Dr. Randall S. Hansen is founder of Quintessential Careers, one of the oldest and most comprehensive career development sites on the Web, as well CEO of EmpoweringSites.com. He is also founder of MyCollegeSuccessStory.com and EnhanceMyVocabulary.com. He is publisher of Quintessential Careers Press, including the Quintessential Careers electronic newsletter, QuintZine. Dr. Hansen is also a published author, with several books, chapters in books, and hundreds of articles. He's often quoted in the media and conducts empowering workshops around the country. Finally, Dr. Hansen is also an educator, having taught at the college level for more than 15 years. Visit his personal Website or reach him by email at randall(at)quintcareers.com. Check out Dr. Hansen on GooglePlus.

 


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