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10 Most Common Career Mistakes You’re Probably Making

10 Most Common Career Mistakes You’re Probably Making

Finding your dream career is a lifelong journey. Since it has most likely taken you years to reach this point, whether it’s going to school or gaining first-hand experience in your field, keeping a career, not committing career mistakes and being successful is important to most people.

There are many career mistakes that you may be making, and today I will tell you about what you may be doing to sabotage your career and your future job prospects.

1. You are overestimating oneself as a career mistake, which affects the quality of your work.

Saying yes to extra projects can be a great thing. It shows your manager that you want to help the organization out further and are fine with taking on the extra work. However, if you take on too much work, or you are not even qualified to do the work that you took on, then this is not a good thing for you or your organization. You should only realistically accept work that you know you can complete with high quality so that you are not making any career mistakes.

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2. You are not taking any extra work, which reflects negatively on you.

Being a part of a company most likely means that you are a part of a team. If you never say “yes” to taking on another project or helping someone out, this can make others think negatively of you, and make them think that you are only there for yourself. If you only take the easy work, then others may think you are not capable of doing anything else.

3. You are not doing enough research.

Some jobs require a lot of research to be done when completing an assignment. If you complete an assignment and do less research than is required, then you are really harming the quality of your work. This might imply to others that you are lazy and that you do not care about your career.

4. You are not seeing the long-term goal of your work, which may tell others that you are selfish.

Seeing the long-term goal of your work is very important: You should understand what you are doing, and how it affects both you, your company, and your other coworkers. Completing work just for the short-term may show to others that you are selfish and do not care about the direction of the company.

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5. You only care about money, but should there be some passion involved as well?

Another career mistake that you may be making is only caring about money. I am a firm believer that you should care about your job at least a little bit. Having passion in your career can really help you get places and move up the career ladder.

6. You are not professional in social media, which reflects on you and your company.

When was the last time that you really went through your social media and deleted pictures or words that might reflect badly on yourself? Well, you should have already done this. If an employer finds something that they are not pleased with, you may lose your job, or never even get the job you’ve applied for. You want to always conduct yourself professionally online, as you never know who may find information about you.

7. You are not networking, which can affect your career both now, and later.

Networking is very important. You can find lifelong contacts that can help you in your career now, or your career down the line and in the future. Networking can also help you find your next position, as you never know when a contact will come in handy.

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8. You do not care about others, which can bite you later on.

Not caring about others applies to many areas of your career. If you leave your job with no notice, this can hurt you in that you can never apply at the same company again, and it may affect future job prospects because others in the industry may hear about what you did. Also, if you are rude to your coworkers, this will lead to others not wanting to work with you because of your personality and how you work.

9. You are not dressing the part, which might show that you are unprofessional.

Having a career most likely means that you need to dress a certain way. Different industries and different companies have different dress codes, and you should learn what they are. Not dressing the part can show that you are not a good match for the company.

10. You are not prepared for interviews.

The first major step towards getting your first position in your desired career is to be successful with interviewing. However, if you don’t prepare for interviews, this can really hurt you in that you may never get the best first step in your career. You should prepare for interviews, practice possible interview questions, spruce up your resume, have a reference list, supply cover letters and more.

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What career mistakes are you making?

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Michelle Schroeder

Michelle is a personal finance expert. She earns $1 million per year while sailing.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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