5 Common Career Mistakes To Avoid

When navigating the professional world, it's crucial to know the common career mistakes to avoid to ensure a smooth, successful, and fulfilling career trajectory. In this video, we discuss the top five career mistakes you should avoid to improve your chances of professional success.

Common Career Mistakes To Avoid

1. Being Passive or Not Having a Plan

Do you have a plan for your career?
As you go to work, you should have goals and plans for what you want to achieve in your current role.

1. Think about what skills you can improve,
2. People you can network with,
3. And how you can advocate for yourself.

 Always go to work with a plan to improve yourself in one way or another.

2. Being Reactive

A common career mistake many professionals can fall into is being reactive. The pressure, stress, and emotions that come with work can sometimes lead to impulsive reactions that we later regret.  

Reacting impulsively can lead to miscommunication, damaged relationships, and potentially even negative consequences for your career. It's important to remember that addressing issues calmly and constructively is far more effective in resolving conflicts and maintaining a professional demeanor.

If something happens at work you dislike, take note of it the first time it happens. If it occurs again, plan out how you would respond. Here is how you can frame the conversation;

  • Note the behavior/situation ( the time and specific action). 
  • Avoid generalizing the specific unpleasant scenario to the person ( this makes people more defensive and less receptive to your feedback).
  • The effect the person's action had on your performance/role.
  • Connect the impact to the team/business.
  • Communicate what you would like to see in exchange.
  • Use professional language and manage your emotions.

This way, you're more likely to be effective in your response and push back against bullies in the workplace. You can get more tips on dealing with workplace bullies in this article:
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3. Not Studying Your Boss's Personality and Communication Style

Do you know the best way to communicate with your boss? If you have a different personality from your boss, it can lead to misunderstandings and conflicts. 

Take a moment to observe your boss's personality and communication style, and make any necessary adjustments. Knowing and understanding your boss's preferences and communication style can significantly improve your professional relationship. 

Effective communication is a two-way street, and investing in honing your skills can benefit not only your relationship with your boss but also your overall professional growth.

Learn more about how to Master Confident Communication.

4. Not Staying Up-to-Date on Industry Trends

Another common career mistake to avoid is not staying updated. It's essential to stay informed about what's happening in your workplace, especially if you have multiple offices.

Understanding what's going on in other offices can give you information to help you advance in your career to advocate for yourself or be at the forefront of new opportunities in your organization.

Building professional relationships with coworkers is one way to stay informed. Take the time to connect with others in your organization. Learn about the role and projects other professionals are undertaking. Your professional connections can help you stay up-to-date and discover new areas of interest or collaboration.

It's also important to stay updated on industry trends and news so you can make informed decisions, spearhead new initiatives, and avoid getting left behind. 

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5. Not Knowing Your Key Performance Indicators

As an employee, it is crucial to understand the key metrics that your boss uses to measure your work. 

By taking the time to familiarize yourself with these metrics and actively working towards meeting or exceeding them, you can align your efforts towards achieving those goals and demonstrating your value to the organization.

Periodic discussions with your supervisor show your commitment to meeting expectations, and the feedback helps you track your progress and make necessary adjustments.

Now that you know the common career mistakes to avoid, take a moment to identify any areas where you may need improvement. Once you have pinpointed these weak spots, consider the steps you can take to address them.
We all make mistakes, and learning from them is all part of the process. 

You've got this!

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