6 HUGE Career Missteps

Career DevelopmentRobin Madell wrote an article for US News entitled, 6 Career Missteps You’ll Live to Regret, and that poor decisions will have lasting effects and sticking with a job after you’ve outgrown it will drag you down professionally and financially.

She says that certain decisions you make on the job can have lasting effects that you don’t want. To avoid looking back with regret about your choices in the office, steer clear of these career missteps and you can read the original article here.

Burning bridges – When something goes seriously wrong at work with colleagues, your boss or a project, it can be tempting to cut and run. Leaving may be the answer depending on the circumstances, but avoid doing so in a way that negatively affects the future relationship with your current employer. This may be worse than unsatisfactorily performing at your job. A burned bridge from your past employment can also cost you a job offer at the end of a lengthy interview process when the next hiring manager contacts sources.

Boss pulling you down – A supportive boss who pushes your talents forward to give you visibility with other key decision makers can make your career. But a boss who doesn’t have your best interests in mind can easily break it. Author and coach, Lisa Baker-King believes that there could be trouble if you fail to notice that your boss engages in conversations with the people around you but always ignores you, doesn’t select you for special projects and avoids eye contact with you during team meetings. You are probably seen as “not worth their time or energy”.

Mismanaging your manager – You must “manage” your boss if you aspire to career success and hope to avoid regrets. In part, this means managing yourself and the way that you interact with your boss for best results. Arron Grow, associate director of the School of Applied Leadership at City University of Seattle says that If one is being led by a less confident, overcautious individual, any discussion of how they aren’t doing well will be taken as a challenge. Even suggestions made diplomatically with the best of intentions can be poorly viewed with the person in charge.

Taking or leaving a job for the wrong reason – According to Tad Mayer, lead consultant, mediator and negotiation trainer at Inclined Communication, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is taking any job regardless of your true interest in the work, then advancing in the field and figuring out you are unhappy – but staying because that’s now your career. There should be a really good business reason for leaving or taking a job.

Impatience in your job search – Another mistake is only focusing on the short-term perceived stability of a job offer rather than finding the right long-term career fit. Tarek Pertew, of Uncubed, suggests that the time spent finding the right job should be treated the same way as someone taking time to find the right life partner. He says. “It’s vital to take more time finding the right job fit and take a lifestyle hit than to find yourself in the wrong job and regretting your choice only a few months into a new position.”

Too much or little time in one position – It’s a delicate balance, but failing to act when you see an opportunity can be just as regrettable as clinging to a position after you’ve outgrown it or hit a dead end. Sarah Nahm, CEO of Lever, says that “a lot of people – particularly women – look at every requirement they see on a job description as a must-have and don’t apply unless they check off every box. Nahm says this isn’t wise, given that job descriptions aren’t generally hard-and-fast requirements; they often just outline parameters for what a role could entail. Studies have shown that men apply to jobs when they meet only about 60 percent of a job’s qualifications, but women only apply when they meet 100 percent of them.” Angela Copeland notes that many employees fall into the trap of clinging to their current post even when the writing is on the wall. “They assume things will get better at their current company.”

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James E. McClain is the author of Successful Career Development: A Game Plan, the book upon which some of our training programs are based. He has over 30 years' experience as a corporate HR executive, small business owner with ongoing experience in career development and as a college instructor. His educational background includes a B.S. and Masters degrees Education and Certification in Financial Planning. Our promise is that "you can pay more for training but you can not buy better training." The mission is to deliver the most effective and cost effective training and development programs.

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