Dear CC: We're expecting layoffs at my company. Anything I
can do to increase my odds of survival?
Do you know how to bake? Brownies are a nice way to avoid
the ax . . . Always do your best to make sure that your job isn't redundant
with many others; that you're garnering allies outside your own immediate
sphere; that you're developing skills geared toward the growth of the company;
that you have some sense of your tangible value (e.g., that idea of yours
brought in nine new clients). And that you have some heavy bond paper handy on
which to print your up-to-date résumé.