Becoming indepensable, as a temp or perm

The unemployment rate has been dropping nationally, but in this economy, everybody to an extent is still very much a temp. So, how can you create job security for yourself?

What can you do to be an asset to your company and make sure you’re seen as indispensable?

First, understanding what it is that you contribute to your company’s bottom line is essential to set quantifiable goals for yourself.

Once you’ve done that, be sure to align those goals with what your manager expects of you. Keeping an open dialogue with your manager about what is expected of you is critical. It’s not easy to speak candidly about your weaknesses and to ask for critical feedback from your manager. But by being proactive and asking what your company expects of you, you will show management that you care and you will know, with confidence, if you have done your job.

That’s not enough, of course. More than ever, you have to be proactive and throw your hand up when a project needs help.

Get involved wherever you can so that you do more for your company and add value in ways beyond your job description. When you have a review and you show quantified results from previously outlined expectations, be sure to include anything that goes above and beyond your job description. Show that you are indispensable.

The bottom line? In an effort to create a sense of job security for yourself, control the controllable – don’t only meet but exceed your goals and beyond that, be proactive and become an asset to your company.

About the Author


Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino’s and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.