Your career will not manage itself even after you land your dream job. No matter if you are a superstar at work, you can make mistakes that harm, or even end, your career. You spend a lot of time at work, and it would be a shame to undo your efforts by creating an easily avoidable mistake.
Avoid these mistakes that harm your career:
- Undervaluing your worth: Avoid being afraid to ask for a raise or a promotion if you deserve it. In fact, few companies will give you more than you demand. They are happy to accommodate you if you are content to stay in the same place and make the same salary.
- In particular, be assertive but stop short of being a nuisance.
- You can always look for another position if you feel undervalued.
- Failing to toot your own horn: If you are doing good work, ensure the word gets out. Definitely take advantage of LinkedIn and keep your activities updated. Do your peers know what you are up to? Let everyone know how great you are at your job.
- Take on projects that highlight your strengths. Be willing to be recognized. Either way, others will notice and your reputation will grow.
- Avoid bragging but do not shy away from your accomplishments.
- Gossiping: Talking about others is generally a mistake. For instance, whether it is social or professional, avoid speaking about other people unless you have something positive to say. Obviously, everyone has been negatively impacted by oversharing at some point. Discuss ideas, yourself, and the other person participating in the conversation.
- Failing to make your company look good: You’re there to serve your boss or company. If you are representing your company positively with your work ethic, your job is secure. On the other hand, if you are not, you may need to adjust your approach.
- Being too negative: There’s no place at work for anyone that constantly complains or criticizes. Maintain a positive attitude and be supportive of your workplace. If you cannot think of anything positive to say, it might 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.
- Searching for another job on company time: Your company will likely check your internet log occasionally. Notably, if you are spending time each day on Monster.com, you might find your employment ending. Consider searching for a new career in your own time.
- Publicly searching for a new job: What you do in your personal time is your business, however you do not want your employer to know you are seeking greener pastures. Still, keep a lid on your social media messages. Often times, it is not necessary, or intelligent, for the entire world to see that you would like to work elsewhere.
- Showing up underdressed. Look around your office building and notice the people with the more prestigious jobs take the time to look the part. A good rule of thumb is to dress as well as your boss. Avoid dressing down, your presentation matters.
- People will associate you with influential people in your workplace. Without a doubt, when a new job opportunity becomes available within the company, you will have a better chance of success because you have shown you care with your presence.
Opportunities for success are everywhere so it’s best to be careful and avoid making mistakes that can derail your career. Remain professional and value your work. If you are thinking about moving jobs, keep your search to yourself. You can share the news after you have secured a new position. Avoid being complacent in your career. Be proactive and watch your path lead into your dream career.