Don’t Make These 5 Career Mistakes
1. Letting others make decisions for you
No matter how well intended, you need to listen to your gut and your heart. Sometimes not making a decision is a decision. Sometimes exercising patience and open mindedness will allow an answer to reveal itself. I wouldn’t spend time taking a bunch of personality tests that supposedly predict your dream job. I’m always plugging one of my favorite apps but try headspace.com for some really simple guided meditation exercises to help clear your mind.
2. Burning a Bridge
Don’t do it. You never know when you’ll run into someone again. Before you shoot your mouth off or leave someone in the lurch, stop and think about 6 months, 1 year or 5 years down the road, ESPECIALLY if you work in a specialized industry. Do the right thing, finish what you started and keep your word.
If you have, fix it…reach out to that person and apologize, write them a handwritten letter and let them know that you regret the way you handled it. I’ve found that saying, I sincerely hope you’ll accept my apology” to be a powerful statement. This gives them the control to decide. Unless your error is severe, I’ve found most willing to accept SINCERE apologies.
3. Taking your job for granted
Phone it in
Thinking you are indispensable
Overstaying your welcome
4. Fighting “The Way Things Are?”
Inflexible – constantly swimming upstream, complaining about the way things are, things are so screwed up does nothing to fix the issues. Make sure you are communicating your concerns to the right people who can actually affect change. Bitching around the water cooler helps no one.
Personal Toll This also takes a toll on your personal life. You might come home crabbier and this will impact your personal relationship.
Diplomacy when you are expressing concerns or greivances to the right peole, you have to be diplomatic. Consider that you most likely don’t have all of the information that create the current conditions. Position your concerns in a way that asks your superiors to help you understand why it’s that way. Most importantly, come in with a solution in mind.
5. Not Setting Personal Goals
Putting career before your personal life. Do you want to live to work or work to live? This is so cliché but it’s too true that you will not be on your death bed feeling grateful for your big paychecks, fancy cars and big houses. Set goals for things that you’d like to accomplish personally whether it’s travel, retirement, hobbies or education…keeping your personal goals in mind and putting those first will help guide your career choices.