‘Success does not consist in never making mistakes, but in never making the same one a second time’ – George Bernard Shaw
Successful careers today are a result of ardent efforts, strategic execution, and foolproof planning. While you’re on the way to craft your perfect career, there are some career mistakes that you must avoid because these mistake can have a damaging impact on your professional ambitions. It is true that no one moves ahead in one’s career without making mistakes, but there is no point in making the same mistake again and again.
Here’s what you should avoid if you really want to climb the company ladder:
1. Having myopic vision of the business world
If you have been avoiding networking outside and are taking for granted that your job would last forever, then you are definitely making a big mistake. “It is, in fact, important to know about what is happening outside the company to be able to gain valuable feedback, support and knowledge of market trends, innovation and the value of networking. A lot of this needs to be done because the comfort of the job environment makes us take it for granted and we become myopic in our vision,” says Dr D K Batra, Professor-Marketing, IMI, New Delhi.
2. Carry a bad reputation
The business world can be a small place and reputation can mean everything. According to Hays, a leading recruitment consultant, “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.” It is important to keep a clean track record and also get all kinds of references and recommendations formally so that it helps in career progression and also during a job change.
3. Taking a new job too quickly and quitting a job in haste
Jumping at every opportunity without analyzing the impact of the industry trends, apparently to take a quick salary jump, often leads to a wrong opportunity selection and consequently job distress. “Whether you’re negotiating a new job offer or asking for a raise, don’t just ask for money., Instead, consider asking for something else you want, like more vacation time or flexible hours. Give the person you’re negotiating with a way to say yes. These should not be the reasons for quitting a job in haste,” says Dr Batra.
4. Not compartmentalizing your issues
Leave your personal issues at home. Nothing that happens in personal life should affect performance in your job. Having conflict of interest at work place often leads to a bad reputation and hinders smooth career progression.
5. Failing to set boundaries at work
This is a problem of plenty and taking on more than one can chew. Often passionate managers fail to keep boundaries and end up having large and confused work domains. This leads to less efficiency and less than optimal output and also leads to conflict with others.
6. Careless in communication with others
This can break one’s career. For instance, writing casual and bad emails can be disastrous for a growing career. “The CEO of a $16-billion business says that the way you write emails could make or break your career. Employees who communicate in a concise and succinct manner often end up having a lot of value at their wok place and are respected more than others,” informs Dr Batra.
7. Not defining your career goals and setting clear-cut business domains
A digital marketing manager can end up having either a vast or a very narrow domain in workplace. The mistake often made by professionals is to let other people define you and then a attain tag of a particular specialization This hits your chances of job switching to a more enriching and a varied role. This has a serious long-term consequence on the career.
8. Dwelling on mistakes
Comedian and former host of NBC’s ‘The Tonight Show’, Jay Leno says that mistakes, including ones in your career, are actually very valuable. “Mistakes make us learn and learning should not be stretched to the point of dwelling so much that it starts affecting quick decision making,” says Dr Batra.
9. Getting personal with your boss
This has short-term gains and leads to quick grabbing of power, but it also exposes you completely to the boss. This can hamper his objective evaluation of the situation.
10. Lack of punctuality and running after money
This seemingly innocuous weakness has a very serious impact on image, efficiency of work and personal reputation and should be avoided at all costs. Also, “as long as you’re good, money will happen, irrespective of the career you’re in. Give precedence to the nature of work, not the money you can mint through it,” says Prateek Bhargava, Founder and CEO, Mindler.