How to Survive a Layoff

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.

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