If you think of bulletproofing your job in terms of increased visibility, greater accessibility, and utility as the flashy-dashy cosmetic stuff, being ready is more like flossing your teeth. Not flashy. Not even very noticeable, unless, of course, you’re not doing it. But absolutely critical to having a day-to-day mind-set that keeps you prepared for any eventuality. When you’re ready for anything, you behave with a certainty that you’ll succeed when all is well and land on your feet if you hit a bump in the road.

While being visible, easy, and useful relates to specific tactics and behaviors you should adopt in the context of your job, being ready encompasses tactics focused on the long-term maintenance of your career. And though ...

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