By: Patrick Laforet: Director, Strategic Talent Acquisition

Your career doesn’t manage itself. Even if you’re a superstar at work, it’s possible to make mistakes that could harm, or even end, your career. You spend a lot of time at work. It would be a shame to undo all of your effort by making one of these easily avoidable mistakes.

Avoid these mistakes that could harm your career:

1. Undervaluing your worth. Avoid being afraid to ask for a raise or a promotion if you deserve it. Few companies will give you more than you demand. If you’re content to stay in the same place and make the same salary, they’re only too willing to satisfy your silence.

  • Be assertive, however, stop short of being a nuisance.
  • You can always look for another position if you’re being undervalued.

2. Failing to toot your own horn. If you’re doing good work, make certain that the word gets out. Take advantage of LinkedIn and keep your activities updated. Do your peers know what you’re up to? Let everyone know what an excellent job you are doing. Stay humble at the same time!

  • Take on projects that highlight your strengths. Be willing to be seen. Others will notice, and your reputation will grow.
  • Avoid bragging, but avoid being self-effacing.

3. Gossiping. Talking about others is typically a mistake. Whether it’s social or professional, avoid speaking about other people unless you have something positive to say. Everyone has been negatively impacted by oversharing at some point. Discuss ideas, your life experiences, events, and engage others taking part in the conversation.

4. Failing to make your boss look good. At the end of the day, your job is  to serve your boss. If you’re making him/her look good, your job is secure. If you’re not, you’re not doing your job appropriately.

5. Being too negative. There’s no place at work for anyone that complains or criticizes. Maintain high standards and be supportive of your workplace. If you can’t think of anything positive to say, it might be time to find new employment.

  • It’s also a good policy to stay away from negative people. You might be penalized for associating with them.

6. Searching for another job on company time. Your company could check your internet log from time to time. If you’re spending time each day on Monster.com, you might find your employment ending. Search for a new career on your own time.

7. Publicly searching for a new job. What you do on your own time is your own business, but you don’t want your employer to know that you’re seeking greener pastures. Keep a lid on your social media messages. It’s not necessary, or smart, for the entire world to know that you’d like to work for someone else.

8. Under dressing. Look around your office. Take a good look. The people with the more prestigious jobs are better dressed than the rest. A good rule of thumb is to dress as well as your boss. Avoid dressing like your peers.

  • People will begin to associate you with the more powerful people in your workplace. When a new job opportunity becomes available within the company, you’ll have a better chance of success.

A career can be ruined very quickly. Avoid making the mistakes that can derail your career. Remember.  Remain professional and value your worth. If you’re thinking about another career, keep your search to yourself. You can share after you’ve secured a new position. Avoid being complacent in your career. Be proactive and see your career thrive instead of fade.

To connect with Pat Laforet you can:

Write: plaforet@stoakley.com
Call: 1.855.267.8055 x812
Connect via LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/hirepatlaforet