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Do you feel sometimes like you’re on a respirator and destined for the chopping block at work?

Wanna save your gig?

Lifehacker has put together a list of ways to be indispensable at your job. That way if there’s a round of layoffs, you won’t end up in the crosshairs.

Here are four simple tips to be the employee your boss can’t live without:

  • Be highly visible when working on vital projects. Don’t be that person who labors in silence behind a closed door. Even if you’re doing stellar work! The experts say you MUST maintain a valued presence. So, volunteer to work on big projects, and make sure you’re key to their success.
  • Make your boss’s priorities your priorities. Even if they seem a little whacked to you. How do you do this? Be faster. Be more efficient. Know how to prioritize and ask good questions.
  • Get training to boost your skill set. One of the best ways to ensure you don’t get replaced is to have skills that are in high demand. Try working on being an expert at something. A few key training sessions in a niche skill can give you a leg up over the rest of your co-workers.
  • Update your resume and always be open to opportunity. Even if you have no plans to leave your current job, it’s vital to keep your skill set competitive. That way other companies will want you, making you even more valuable to your current employer.

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Should none of the other recommendations work, there’s always tip number 5. Resort to brown-nosing the big guy in order to avoid getting canned.

You know, agree with everything he or she says, bring them coffee every morning, buy them lunch, ask if you can mow their yard or bathe their dog this weekend? Whatever it takes!

There’s no doubt the rest of the office will despise you, but at least you’ll still have a job. 

Yeah, on second thought, forget I mentioned tip number 5. Bad idea! Unemployment benefits sound more appealing.

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