There have been a lot of layoffs in IT recently, with thousands of employees losing their jobs, even at some of the largest tech companies in the world. I know everyone’s individual situation is different, and I don’t think there’s any immediate danger of my own job getting zotzed. (I’m a programmer working in data storage.) I do sometimes find myself feeling a little jumpy, though. Are there any general strategies that a regular old cog in the machine like me can follow to keep from getting caught up in a layoff? — Seth, Phoenix, Ariz.