Short of owning the company, there's no way to guarantee that your job won't be affected by future cutbacks. On the other hand, indispensable employees share several key traits that you can acquire and exploit.
The Big Picture: Look at the big picture when you're problem-solving. See below the surface of complex issues, and avoid oversimplifying. Imagine yourself the owner of the company. What's best to do from her perspective? Act accordingly, regardless of your current level.
Compatibility: Getting along well with others is an essential career-booster. The further you stay away from complaints and office politics, the more indispensable you are. Be a loyal and flexible team player. In a recent survey, CEOs ranked loyalty as the most valuable quality of employees. Involve other people in decisions whenever possible to increase their acceptance of outcomes. Stay alert to others' concerns, and be approachable.
Healthy and Attractive: Too many sick days or a lack of energy makes you susceptible to cutbacks. If you exercise moderately, you're already ahead of 25% of workers. Good nutrition and regular exercise increase your alertness, flexibility and happiness. Make the most of the looks you were born with by dressing to emphasize your strong points. A smile is a tremendous beautifier.
Beyond the Crowd: To shine like a star, remain focused and positive in an era of mind-numbing cutbacks. Take on promising challenges that others don't want, and get the job done without fuss. Discover the skills at which you truly excel, and develop them fully.