As children, we are taught that we won't fail as long as we do our best. Yet once we enter the job market, the validity of this notion can feel questionable to anyone who gives his or her "all" to an employer, only to lose a job because a bad economy forces a company to downsize.
In the economic difficulties of the recent past, more and more people have experienced this harsh reality. And even though the job market is getting better—last month's unemployment rate of 7.6% was down from 8.2% a year earlier—11.8 million people are still jobless, and at least 4 million have been out of work for more than two years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Knowing how to be a valuable employee can help insulate you from the proverbial chopping block. As the CEO of the $3 billion company Camping World, Marcus Lemonis employs 6,000 people. He offers a few tips that might help you maintain your position and even climb the company ladder.