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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

10 most common career mistakes You need to Avoid

10 most common career mistakes You need to Avoid

Just one career mistake is all it takes to damage your professional ambitions. To avoid tripping up, recruiting experts Hays has put together a list of the 10 most common career mistakes.  I hope you will find them helpful.

1. You are coasting

When you have been doing the same role for some time you begin feeling comfortable and can often stop pushing yourself. However, by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone, you may well be able to get more out of your job.

2. You aren't seeing the bigger picture

Developing a broader understanding and appreciation of your organisation's ultimate goals will provide you with a deeper sense of purpose and passion for what you do, and ultimately it will make you more successful.

3. You are burning bridges

Relationships, networking and word of mouth recommendations are incredibly important in business and career progression. Burn your bridges and you may find that your reputation precedes you next time you're looking for a new job.

4. You are putting your career before your life

In order to be truly successful in your career, you must also enjoy it. Getting that work-life balance right will help you toward this and will also put things in perspective.

5. You are blurring the line between personal and professional

Over time, you will naturally build relationships at your place of work. However, keeping these relationships strictly professional while in the workplace is a must. By keeping clear boundaries you can ensure that you perform your best when you're at work, are viewed in a professional light, and don't take any baggage with you into the office.

6. You always think the grass is greener

Before you move roles you must ask yourself why you are doing it. After all, simply believing that somewhere else is better than your current place of work could leave you disappointed.

7. You are allowing your skills to become out of date

Failing to keep on top of new innovations could see your career begin to lag, with younger, more dynamic employees snapping at your heels.

8. You didn't trust your gut

After working in an industry for some time you begin to develop a deep understanding of that business, so let your experience drive your instincts.

9. You aren't focusing on projects which will drive the most value

It is important to make sure you are concentrating on the right projects, instead of the smaller tasks which may not be adding value to the business. Try to focus on the projects that will drive your company forward, bring in revenue and help your business to grow.

10. You don't believe in yourself

Self-doubt can be dangerous - if you don't believe in yourself your colleagues won't either. It is important to project confidence and sound assured in the decisions you make.

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