I compete every day with people living in India. More and more recruiting is being done in India. They aren’t stealing jobs, they are taking advantage of their skills and work ethic. Am I frightened? A little. So far, I am much better skilled than they are, but that may change. I’m going to continue to work like crazy to stay ahead. I’m going to help others do the same.
They can work for cheaper. Every company wants the same job done for less money. What is your advantage?
Play to your strengths is my motto. My strengths are:
- I communicate well
- People trust me
- I am a technology geek and quick learner
- Connecting unrelated things is natural for me
- I get things done
Your strengths are different. These are my deepest skills. What are yours? You need to know what they are to stay ahead. You should know which important skills that you’re weak in that can be used against you and work to improve them. Are you weak in people skills? Maybe you need to practice being more sociable. Are your technical skills not the best? Maybe you need to check up on the newest practices in your field.
People will always want to steal your job. Someone in your city will also be applying to your company to steal your job. Someone from another country might be looking for your job to be outsourced to them. If you earn one dollar above the minimum your company pays, one of your coworkers wants to steal your job and pay. Get used to it.
Figure out your greatest strengths, improve them, and stay ahead.
Something to do today
List your greatest strengths. Don’t put down what you learned most recently. Don’t put down your job description. Why do people want YOU to be the person doing your job instead of someone else?