By Marshall Brown, Career and Executive Coach

In uncertain economic times such as these, most of us are feeling apprehensive at best about our job security. Every day we hear or read about an organization downsizing, layoffs, and so forth. Companies are going out of business, consolidating and forcing staff furloughs. Doesn’t feel very powerful, right? Well, there are still some strategies you can use to improve your current job situation now.

1. Get in touch with your passions. Your passions never really go away. Although they may be a little rusty, the things that feed your soul and stir your heart are still within you.

2. Engage. The cure for exhaustion is not rest. It is involvement. When you are truly absorbed in something, you feel energized. The connections you feel from participation create the drive you need to perform your absolute best.

3. Manage your supervisor. Be one step ahead. Always have a good strategy in place to address resistance from your supervisor. Build a mutually beneficial relationship.

4. Challenge yourself. Do not wait for your employer to engage your interests, skills, and education. What skills and experience do you need for your dream job, and how could you improve them? Take a class, ask someone to mentor you, or educate yourself through books, CDs, podcasts, and seminars.

5. Tweak your job to your natural preferences. Understand how your natural preferences match up with the structure of your job. Identifying what is working for you, as well as what is not working for you, will allow you to move toward making changes in your job’s structure that better suit you.

6. Clarify job requirements. One of the keys to feeling good about your job is knowing what is expected of you. Request clear expectations, advocate for needed education and training, and ask for frequent reviews.

7. Connect with people. When you think about it, much of the reason why we do our jobs is to serve other people. Understanding how you affect the lives of people around you–both inside and outside the workplace–can increase your satisfaction.

8. Invest in improvement. By allocating a specific amount of time toward education and self-improvement, you can significantly increase your specific job skills, as well as knowledge about the industry in which you work. As you gain the education and knowledge necessary to excel in your job, your fulfillment and enjoyment will increase.

9. Make time for life beyond work. Paying attention to both your work life and your home life is integral to increasing job satisfaction. If you find that you are working more and playing less, chances are you will also notice your enthusiasm and motivation–and eventually your performance–will decrease.

10. Choose your mood. Reframing a “bad” situation–finding the silver lining in something negative–can completely change your outlook and increase your satisfaction at work.

Marshall Brown is a career and executive coach with a passion for encouraging individuals and organizations to reach exceptional levels of performance. He is founder and CEO of Marshall Brown & Associates, an international coaching, training, and leadership development company. His mantra is simple: Get clear, get focused, get ahead. For additional information, visit www.mbrownassociates.com.

Marshall is looking forward to attending this year’s conference again and will be facilitating three career workshops and providing one-on-one coaching sessions. Contact Robin Stimson robins@ispi.org for additional information.