I make mistakes every day. We all do. Most mistakes are easily fixed or quickly resolved with an apology. But not all mistakes can be so efficiently taken care of and some can even be disastrous and irreparable. This is especially true of some common career mistakes; while you might not find yourself out of a job because of some of these slip ups, you can set your career back years. Here are a few common career mistakes and what you can do to address them!
You stop networking.
Getting the job is the end goal, right? So as soon as you settle in to your new cubicle and get a routine down, you aren’t necessarily worried about making sure you keep making contacts in your field. But even when you’re “safe” and you know you’re going to be staying at your new company for some time, having a full and flourishing career often means having reliable contacts. So, instead of cutting off those contacts when you’re assured you have a full-time position, touch base with them every now and then. Attend networking events in your area and make sure you have business cards to share when cultivating new business relationships. This doesn’t have to be time consuming, just don’t “ghost” your contacts when you accept a new position.
We all are guilty of this one, especially as teenagers with our first jobs. It doesn’t seem that what you do (or don’t do) really has an impact as a part-time employee or new hire, so if you pick up and leave all of a sudden, well… doesn’t matter. But besides being irresponsible and discourteous, you are destroying opportunities and even ruining your reputation in the industry. You lose potential references, experience, and trust. If you’re not happy and want to move on, put in your notice and discuss your move with the appropriate managers before disappearing.
You stop learning.
After we get to where we want to be in our career, a lot of us tend to stop pursuing education and further certifications. Unless you want a stagnant career that doesn’t go further than where you are right this moment, you need to regularly brush up on your skills. Not only can you be a more well-rounded employee, you show your company and hiring managers that you are willing to learn and develop your skills. In some industries, a failure to refresh skills could mean the death of your career. Instead of letting your career (and brain!) become musty, invest time in a career skills course or a certificate course that is relevant to the work that you do.
The mistakes you make in your career may not cost you your job, but they can hold you back and make success seem further away than necessary. The best advice to avoid these mistakes is to stop and think about what you’re doing before you do it. Be courteous, considerate, and thoughtful and you can potentially avoid a messy mistake.