Although the meetings industry is in the midst of recovery, many planners are still facing downsizing and layoffs. Meetingjobs.com President Dawn Penfold, CMP, says you can improve your job security by making yourself as invaluable to your company as possible. "Do not wait for opportunity to knock," she says. "Research what and how your competitors are doing. You can be a hero either by increasing revenues and profits, or through cutting costs and increasing efficiencies in tough times. If you do either, you will show your employers that you are committed to improving the corporate bottom line. Make certain that your employer knows your efforts are showing positive results, as 'name recognition' with your superiors can help you to weather any cutbacks at your organization."