The probability of becoming unemployed just keeps getting higher and higher. But there are ways to help yourself avoid it. Instead of waiting for the ax to fall, take these four steps to keep the job you have or make a name for yourself that will help you find a new one quickly.BE HAPPY ABOUT WHAT YOU DO: Stop rolling your eyes. This is probably THE key to on-going employment. It’s tempting-and easy-to get down on “the job” when the work load gets heavy. And negativism is highly contagious in work settings.Focusing on what you like about your job and being grateful for that carries a big pay-off: You come across as much more effective to coworkers and bosses. You get the work done more easily. And you reduce your stress level significantly.Some people assume a positive mindset automatically. They’re the ones who survive death camps and similar horrors. But those of us who need to make these attitude adjustments consciously would do well to pay attention to them now. A lot of what’s “wrong” with work comes from what we are thinking. It’s all a mind game of your own making. Choosing to be happy is the best game plan going.Maybe you’re muttering “Not MY job. This one really does suck.” And maybe it does. It’s still giving you valuable things: the opportunity to become proficient at dealing with adversity, a chance to confirm what won’t work for you as a long term employment strategy, and money to pay your bills.You don’t have to commit to being there forever. Be happy with where you are even as you are getting things going for what you want to do next.BE GOOD AT WHAT YOU DO: Being happy about your work is almost a slam dunk if you’re really good at it. Eventually, you may want to get into something that makes your heart sing louder. But for the moment, do all you can to increase your competence on your current job. Doing something well enhances your self esteem which in terms helps sustain a positive attitude. And reduces stress.Even if you intend to ditch your current line of work entirely once the economy allows, what you learn now can make you a better candidate for that dream job. Interpersonal skills, problem solving skills, planning and organization skills, and communication skills are all transferable. And keeping yourself in mental shape by learning ANYTHING will make you more ready to learn when you step into your quest to become good what you love.Being good at what you do has legs. When you do the job well, you notice and feel good about yourself. Though bosses and coworkers might not say so out loud, you become a valued resource to them. And that means it’s a lot harder to let you go. Even better, customers, clients, vendors, and suppliers notice. So if you do get caught in the downsizing buzz saw, they’ll be eager to bring you on board themselves or get you on with someone else they work with. THIS is the kind of network you need–not a collection of business cards or hundreds of names on your Facebook friends list.BE A DREAM TO WORK WITH: Yes, it is possible to be good at what you do and be a jerk. Don’t go there. Being open to other people’s ideas and ways of going about things usually means the end product is even better. You are held in high regard when you hold others in high regard.Learn to talk to people as respected equals and to include all you can of what they know in how you do your own work. Much as it’s not often enumerated in the actual selection criteria, this can be an amazing ticket onto some pretty cool work projects.BE FLEXIBLE: Do you totally love what you are doing now? If so, don’t get too comfy. If the company-or your client-needs you to do something different now, move on with grace and become highly competent at the new tasks. There are lots of ways to do be involved with things you love. Accept the reality of the moment in what you have the opportunity to do now. Do it well even if you don’t love it as much.This often has an unexpected reward. You end up learning something you need for a future opportunity…Whether you get that raise or make it to that certain level of your profession this year isn’t as important as these four things. Do what you do well, appreciate the chance to do it, get really good at working with other people, and accept new roles with enthusiasm. Those who do almost always have a job-and are usually asked to take on something even better.