Regardless of how happy you are in your current job, don’t make the mistake of becoming too comfortable. Not only do things change: companies retrench, are bought out or operations move locations, but you might also feel like it’s simply time for a career change.
If you want the best career possible, or want to move on quickly if and when the time comes, here are a few career stunting mistakes you should avoid at all costs:
Mistake I: Not taking up new challenges or learning
Ignoring new trends in your industry and doing things the old-fashioned way will not push your career to greater heights. Instead your skills and knowledge will dwindle and eventually be outdated. Step outside your comfort zone. Acquire as much as you can about your industry; take on new projects, keep up to date with the latest technology and the best practices.
Mistake II: Avoiding networking and looking for new opportunities
Declining any and all opportunities to attend industry or company events, and constantly isolating yourself will not get you far. By meeting new people, whether within your industry or company, you’re inadvertently building a contact base – which will be beneficial when looking for a new job. In addition, networking will assist you in exploring various other possibilities in your industry, including what kind of positions your peers hold and how much they earn.
Mistake III: Leaving a bad impression
Inability to maintain confidentiality and participation in gossip is likely to destroy any chances of a promotion or new job opportunity. It’s important to remain professional and respectful at all times – avoid any gossip chains, be it with your colleagues, boss or office friends. Also remember to apply the same principle to your social media posts as well.
Mistake IV: Not performing to your full potential
Not being a team player and not delivering above and beyond of what’s expected of you will send out all the wrong messages. Therefore, try to always give your best and don’t shy away from taking on new challenges and opportunities.
Changing your mindset and adopting these small habits will lead to small gains.