“The biggest mistake that you can make is to believe that you are working for somebody else.  Job security is an illusion.  The driving force of a career must come from the individual. Remember: Jobs are owned by the company, you own your career!” — Earl Nightingale

188065235I work with candidates looking for full time and contract positions.  Many that are looking for full time say they want the security. Those looking for contract say they want the flexibility.  Although I understand this thought process, I truly believe that just as Earl Nightingale stated above, the only security and flexibility you have in your career is what you make of it.

Job security comes from making sure that your daily performance is more then what is expected.  Be smart, be willing, be excited, be humble, be dependable, be a top performer in whatever you are given so that you always stand out.  Job security should have nothing to do with the position you hold in a company.  If you are genuinely good at what you do and stand out as a top performer, then you should not have to worry about whether your job is secure..

According to an article in Salary.com there are 14 important things to do if you want to stand out at work:

  1. Be noticeable
  2. Be a Team Player
  3. Develop a unique knowledge base or skill
  4. Be positive
  5. Cultivate a life outside of work
  6. Learn more
  7. Pay attention to the decisions you make
  8. Take responsibility for the mistakes you make
  9. Super performer, super employee
  10. Network
  11. Share your knowledge and your experience
  12. Stick it out when the going gets tough
  13. Say “yes” to opportunities that come your way
  14. Always do your best, no matter what the task

Each of us has control of whether we will be a person who stands out.  Each of us has control over whether we will be a top performer.  If you go into each day with a focus on standing out and doing a great job, then you will own your career!