Having a successful career is a long journey and this journey has many phases and turn points. In order to reach the ultimate point, you need to make smart moves and consider your decisions carefully. If you try to take risky short-cuts and make mistakes, these leave marks on your careers that are hard to ignore. Therefore, consider your actions carefully and avoid the below mistakes.
- Frequent Job Hopping: You may not be happy with your current job but if you change your job frequently, this is a red sign for employers. Employers try to avoid these types of candidates because changing jobs frequently means lack of commitment, lack of collaboration and being self-centered.
- Changing Jobs Only for Money: While everybody wants to earn money, it should not be the only criteria for you. At first, earning more money may seem attractive but as you get used to the job, you may feel that making more money is not as satisfying as you think. Try to choose a job based on growth opportunities.
- Lack of a Career Plan: You should always have a short term and a long term career plan. Without a strategic career plan, you look like a leaf carried by the wind. Don’t take the first job offer you receive without considering whether it is a good fit for you or not. Otherwise, you may get stuck in a job that will add no value to your career.
- Being Anti-Social at Work: Ok, your work friends may not be like your real friends but still, you need to socialize with them if you want to earn professional allies. Don’t skip happy hours, office lunches or holiday parties. Try to be present in all of them. You don’t need to stay until the end but make sure others see your presence.
- Failing to Continue Self-Improvement: You may be happy with your current position but this doesn’t mean that you can stop educating yourself. You should always keep learning new skills whether it is through attending training programs at work or starting a new degree or even learning a new language in order to communicate better with your clients.
- Expecting Everything from Your Manager: Your manager is there to help you but he cannot manage your career for you. You should be proactive taking charge of your career. If you think you deserve a promotion or a raise, talk to your manager stating why you deserve it.