You’ve started a new job and almost immediately you’re already thinking about quitting because you’ve convinced yourself that the new company will treat you the same way as your previous one. You feel underutilised even if you’ve been working harder and longer hours. If this sounds familiar then you may be sabotaging yourself at work. Read on to find out the 8 career mistakes you need to avoid today.
Losing sight of your goals
Work has been consistently overwhelming you such that you can’t seem to be able to take any breaks away from it. Whether it’s just busy work or other department’s assignments that you’re helping with, you have simply lost sight of the important career goals you’ve set for yourself when you first started working. When this happens, take a step back and reorganise yourself. Use this simple tool to help you re-prioritise and get back on track.
Alternatively, you may feel too comfortable in your current role and hasn’t been upgrading yourself. Take up relevant courses, attend workshops and continuously grow your professional network to stay current and be invaluable to your company. Otherwise, you may be in danger of being made redundant.
Thinking the grass is greener elsewhere
Despite feeling relatively satisfied in your current workplace, more often that not, you find yourself comparing yourself to your friends’ work situation. You start feeling envious of the perks of other people’s jobs and are thinking of finding a better job. If these feelings are genuine and not superficial, conduct the extensive research before making the decision to change careers. This ensures that you’re making an informed decision instead of ‘jumping on the bandwagon’ simply to get free gifts from movie premiers, for example.
You’ve made a mistake at work and you’re feeling embarrassed after receiving a reprimand from your boss. Gradually but surely, you feel less assured of yourself. Take yourself out of this slippery slope by recognising that even highly successful people have made mistakes before making their great achievements. What’s more, by acknowledging your errors and taking the steps to ensure that no one else, including yourself, repeats them, you would’ve shown the perseverance and grit that any quality boss looks for in a valuable employee.
Not taking risks
Dwelling on your past mistakes, not learning from them and moving on, you’ll start doubting yourself and stop taking risks at work. Being complacent, you’ll soon be overlooked for promotions and stall your career. So pull yourself up and take the chance to be innovative and creative with your solutions for the workplace. As long as you’re as careful and conscientious as possible, a good boss will not fault you for trying a different approach in helping move your company forward.
Understating your own worth
Mistakes are inevitable but it’s what happens next that matters more than the mistake itself. As long as you’re aware of why the mistakes happened and make the steps to rectify and learn from them, you’ll not only be better for it but it’ll also contribute to your career worth. There’s nothing wrong with patting yourself on the back for a job well done, even if it derived from a mistake.
It’s been six months into your new job and you’re already feeling underutilised. Being impatient is a mistake most employees make because there’re other employees who have worked longer for the company and have a greater understanding of the company culture. Eagerness is appreciated but overzealousness will cause tension in the workplace and may cause unnecessary friction amongst your new colleagues. Instead, take things as they come and be open to varying types of tasks in order to demonstrate your worth in due time.
If you’ve found another job and decided to resign, don’t make the mistake of leaving your current workplace on a negative tone. Always be professional when you leave a company. Regardless of your experience, be frank during your exit interview and it’s never wise to spread ugly rumours that’ll only harm your reputation. Also, open up communications and resolve any outstanding conflicts with both your soon-to-be ex-colleagues and ex-bosses before your last day. This way, you’ll not only preserve the integrity of your personal brand but may also gain a friend or friends for life.