No career is 100 percent safe today, particularly in human resources. Companies are downsizing all the time. Many people face a real risk in their career, regardless of how experienced they are or what industry they work in. However, it may be possible to reduce some of this risk or to eliminate it altogether. To do that, you will need to be proactive.

You can balance finding a job you love with the reduced risk of losing that position with a few helpful tips.

Reducing Your HR Career Risks Effectively

To reduce your risks, consider the following tips. You may find that you feel more secure in your position when you take these steps.

• It’s all about confidence – Use the risk in your job to push you to do your very best. Use your talent and skills to shine. This will help you to feel more confident about your position.

• It’s a learning opportunity – It’s natural to worry but use these opportunities as an opportunity to learn something new. You may want to develop a process of looking for new ideas and ways of improving the things you do.

• Balance responsibility and risk – Before you resign from a position, have another job ready to go to. Consider all the negatives and locate the positives in every job early on. Focus on the positive and build on those, to reduce risk.

• Move away from the comfort zone – Now is the time to break that normal routine and to do something that is more risky if it helps you to stand out or do your job better, such as public speaking. It may be necessary to step outside your comfort zone. This could include getting more training or working on new projects.

• What are the lessons – A new role or project may seem like risk but it could be an opportunity for you to learn from a mistake. By making sure you learn from the moves you are making, you reduce your risks in the long-term. You won’t make those same mistakes again.

• Increase your value – Increase how valuable you are the company in some way. Employees valued higher to the company are less at risk of being let go. Do this by being a knowledge leader in a critical area of your organization. Learn to manage your time better.

• Choose the right career path for your skills – Choose the right career path based on the risk tolerance and the skills you have. Don’t enter into a career with too much risk if you cannot handle it.

• Gain an unfair advantage – Develop a niche and specialize. It makes you far more valuable than others. For example, consider that physician specialists earn a lot more than general practitioners.

• Know what you are invested in – Do you need to earn a certain level of income? Want to rise to the top of your career ladder? Build a foundation from what really matters most to you, which may be different than what your organization expects.

• Network more – If you have a network of supportive people around you, risks are lowered. This is because you have more resources from which to get help when you need it, as well as people who value your expertise.

Reduce your career risk. What steps can you take from this list to make a difference in your risk level?