Brian Alden: Everybody knows the basics of being a good employee which you show up on time and trying meet your deadlines, but in uncertain job market, employees are often looking for ways to standout as an invaluable employee. One of the biggest things to remember is that your employer is always looking for a problem solver; someone who can adapt the changes in plans and handle unexpected disappointments, both efficiently and positively.
Instead of complaining or making excuses, show that you can be innovative when a problem comes along and offer a solution. Participation is always a key. Make sure you speak up in meetings and provide useful feedback. This can really help you stand apart from the crowd. Taking on more responsibility at work; this shows your employer that you were a team player and willing to put in the extra effort to get things done for your company.
And finally, it's also important to stay on top of changes in your field. Consider taking classes to brush up on your skills at a local career training center or community college. With all the online and flexible options for working adults is easier than ever to find a program within your life.