Our careers do not manage themselves. Even if you are a superstar at work, it is always possible to make mistakes and missteps that can harm, or even end, your career trajectory. We all spend a lot of time at work. It would be a shame to undo all of those effort by making an easily avoidable mistake.
Mistakes that may harm your career:
1. Undervaluing your worth.
- Avoid being afraid to ask for a raise or a promotion if you feel you deserve it. Few companies will give you more than you demand. If you are content to stay in the same place and make the same salary, they will be more than willing to accommodate you.
- Be assertive, but stop short of being a nuisance.
- You can always look for another position if you feel that you are being undervalued.
2. Failing to blow your own horn.
- If you are doing good work, be sure that the word gets out.
- Take advantage of sites like LinkedIn and keep your activities updated.
- Do your peers know what you are up to? Let everyone know how great you are.
- Take on projects that showcase your strengths.
- Be willing to be seen.
- Others will notice, and your reputation will grow.
- Avoid bragging, but avoid being bashful.
3. Get out of the gossiping routine.
- Talking about others is generally a mistake.
- Whether it is a social occasion or a professional meeting, avoid speaking about other people unless you have something positive to say.
- Every one of us has been negatively impacted by oversharing at some point.
- Discuss ideas, yourself, and the other person taking part in the conversation.
4. Failing to make your boss look good.
- At the end of the day, you are there to serve your boss and your company.
- If you are making her or him look good, your job is secure.
- If you are making them look bad, then you are not doing your job properly.
5. Being too negative.
- There is no place at work for anyone who complains or criticizes all the time.
- Maintain high standards and be supportive of your workplace.
- If you cannot think of anything positive to say, it might be time to stay quiet. Or, it may be time to find new employment.
- It is also a good policy to stay away from negative people. You might be penalized for associating with them.
6. Searching for another job on company time.
- Your company is likely to check your internet log from time to time.
- If you are spending time each day on Monster.com, you may find that your employment ending prematurely.
- Search for a new career on your own time and your own dime.
7. Publicly searching for a new job.
- What you do on your own time is your own business, but you do not want your employer to know that you are seeking greener pastures.
- Keep a lid on your social media messages.
- It is not necessary, and it is certainly not smart, for the entire world to know that you would like to work somewhere else.
- Look around your office building. The people with the more prestigious jobs are generally better dressed than the rest of the crew.
- A good rule of thumb is to dress as well as your boss. Avoid dressing like your peers.
- People will begin to associate you with the more powerful people in your workplace.
- When a new job opportunity becomes available within the company, you will have a better chance of success.
A career, like reputation, takes a long time to build up. They can both be ruined very quickly. Avoid making the mistakes that can derail your career. Remain professional and value your own worth. If you are thinking about another career, keep your search to yourself. You can share after you have secured your new position. Avoid being complacent in your current position. Be proactive and see your career blossom instead of fading away.