The career field is full of troubles and obstacles which do not depend on you, but which you try to overcome. Yet, there are some things people do themselves, and attitudes they cultivate, to throw away their career. Here are ten the most dangerous mistakes you can make to lose your job and career perspectives. Try avoiding them and you will have more chances of having your career successful and flourishing.
Poor time management
Being late for the meetings and everyday work, missing the deadlines and failing to follow timelines ? all these will surely leave you with no respect and credibility. In order to stay professional try valuing every minute and respect timelines.
Failure to deliver on promises
In order to keep your professional credibility with you, you have to always keep your promises and avoid making those promises you will not be able to deliver later on. If you have a reputation of someone people can rely upon, you will be more likely to get a promotion. In case you need more time and resources to accomplish the task and deliver your promise, clear the requirements and manage the situation as the professional to show you are in control of everything you are doing.
Accountability is one of the most important character traits in today?s working market. Make sure you do not become notorious as person who always blames others for all the failures he or she has. The ability to admit the error you did is a trait of character that will help you in getting more confidence and respect of people working with you, no matter what mistake you make, as long as it indicates professionalism and maturity.
Poor interpersonal skills
In order to be known as a good professional, cultivate emotional intelligence and communicational skills ? this will help you in personal life as well. How pleasant you are to communicate with will help you no matter whom are you talking to ? clients, superiors or subordinates. People don?t like others whom they cannot communicate with without stress, and so don?t employers, thus you have little chances to get promoted and keep your position.
Bad team skills
Most jobs require team working skills and ability to communicate, collaborate cohesively within the team. Inability to find good in your colleagues, communicate and meet specific goals, listen and pay attention to details, offer your assistance and show respect to other members of the working team will not help you in meeting your personal and professional goals.
Lack of ethics
Conducting your own personal business while on work shows you as non-professional and disrespectful person, who don?t estimate other people efforts and company resources. Back-biting your boss and spreading gossips, wasting office supplies, talking about office problems with people that are not your colleagues ? all these things fall into the category of having little professionalism.
Lack of professionalism
The easy way to become professionally mediocre is reveling your complacency. To stay respected and professional, you should better keep showing your interest, be active and enthusiastic about everything you are doing. Keep training and developing your professional skills, or other people who are more interested in improving themselves will get the promotion you were hoping for, and you will get nothing instead. A rolling stone gathers no moss.
Inability to handle pressure
Every job has its own amount of stress implied, and when applying for certain job you have to be prepared to handle all the strains. In order to go through everything take breaks and holidays, and learn to cope with pressure effectively so that it is not the ongoing problem for you. Lots of stress can be a result of poor time management, lack of skills or lack of development and working efforts.
Lone ranger syndrome
We already mentioned team skills needed to become successful in your professional field. For this reason you should never try to isolate yourself from the others and get along with your colleagues regularly, as relationships with others is the key to improving your skills and career success.
Staying in your comfort zone is the best thing, as long as it is the easiest and the most comfortable thing to do. Yet, if you do not challenge yourself, you lose your confidence and equilibrium, and that is when all troubles would start. Being initiative will help you with this, and continuous professional development will help you to stay ahead and above others in your field.