When you’re working in a career, it is easy to get caught into some traps that will hinder your career progression. Falling for these career blunders will have their consequences so it is important to know how to avoid them. Here are 5 types of mistakes that you should try to avoid, in order to make the most out of each stage of your career:
Not Honing Your Skills
Your skill set is what attracts new employers to you, and to continue to the next stage of your career you need to continue learning as much as can whenever you can. To stay relevant in your industry and also stand out, you need to have all the right skills. If you’re looking to develop your skills you can try attending seminars, taking online classes and acquiring certifications relevant to your industry. If you’re looking to change jobs or careers, you’ll also need to know what types of skills you’ll need so it’s good to check on a careers database for these details.
When you move from job to job or career to career, it is important to not burn bridges because they can leave lasting damage to your career and reputation. As part of networking, you should make the most out of your contacts and not cause unnecessary conflict because you never know if you’ll cross paths again in the future - even if you had a career change to a different industry, the people you burn bridges with could be connected with the people you meet. Also, your previous employers or coworkers could one day be of assistance to you especially with recommendations or referrals.
Missing Important Deadlines
The ability to meet deadlines says a lot about people. If you’re not able to keep a good track of time or don’t know how to manage your projects effectively, your reliability and work ethic will be frowned upon. Being able to deliver results on time or even earlier is important as it shows your dedication. Setting milestones for long-term projects will help you improve your organizational skills and you’ll be able to stay on track with your deadlines.
Not Networking Once Employed
Majority of people settle down once they’re employed and stop bothering with making professional connections.It is often forgotten that networking is one of the key factors of career advancement. Manage your reputation by connecting with people in your field and try to do it regularly because you could be missing out on job opportunities if you weren’t connected to particular people should they arise at their company. With social media such as LinkedIn and Twitter readily available, you can keep in touch with other professionals on a monthly or bimonthly basis. To meet them initially you could try joining trade associations or unions and get access to networking events.
Neglecting Salary Negotiation
⅕ of job seekers don’t negotiate salary because of fear of rejection for doing so. However, negotiating salary is something that is important because you will be able to get more out of your performance and be paid what you deserve. How do you build a solid proposal? You can look up employment data on some websites to see typical incomes for your job, gather up evidence of your performance that supports your raise and also, you can practice in front of someone else. If you don’t negotiate, you likely won’t be paid what you’re worth.
Raymond Tang has started off his career in the digital marketing industry and has strong interests in writing and careers, having regularly contributed to blog at CareerHQ. Following his own insights in the digital marketing space, he hopes to help others achieve their career happiness while continually working on achieving his own.