Employees that enjoy their work and produce good results and have created a good environment for others to work alongside them..... usually keep their jobs.
The more an employee can learn about being an asset to the company.... the more important they become to the big picture of 'work'. So learn lots about different areas on your jobsite, so others in management will come to depend upon your skill to help them too.
Never get lazy at work. Never. Don't assume 'they' will always keep you just because it's 'you'.
Don't turn work into your own social arena that you are very friendy with your peers at. In a time of vulnerability you will share something that later if they try to protect their own jobs... they may throw you under the bus to keep theirs intact. And NEVER repeat a confidence - it usually comes back to bite.
Be dependable. don't be late... don't take time off.... don't miss work if at all possible. Dress like you represent them.... because you do.
Look for useful ways to help the bottom line of the company succeed. No one wants to drop the person that helps them make money or keep from having profit losses.
Don't look at what you don't have.... look at what you do have on your job. Because the alternative of no job is certainly not the way to have it all - your own way.
Everything is changing.... be willing to change too. Being flexible is important as markets and industries often advance into other areas to survive and succeed.
Keep educating yourself in the area of your work. There are always ways to learn to do things better and more efficiently. Leadership does watch those who learn and care about their jobs.
Don't complain about your job.... appreciate it even if you have to keep doing the same things day by day. It's called job security - they need someone to do this everyday. This is for someone to do who has the job - you.
Finding a job that strokes your ego is not why they hired you. They have a job they need you to complete..... simply do the job well.
Today I watched a young lady in a retail store slop along as she basically ignored me as she cashed my purchase out. She looked like she just got out of bed, barely made eye contact, was involved in some inner mental candy she obviously was chewing on. After she shoved my purchase in a bag and pushed it at me, she turned to walk off and bumped into a stand of bags - knocked three or four off into the floor. She ignored the fallen bags and kept going. I watched her supervisor widen her eyes and shake her head silently. And I thought.... there goes her job as soon as they find someone better. She simply does not care about her work.... so since she does not care, managagement does not care about her either. This girl does not understand if you want to keep your job, you better 'do' your job the very best that you can. There are simply too many hungry people looking for work and yours is just the one that someone would be thrilled to get!