Career Mistakes to Avoid

The very short phrase “You’re fired!” is definitely one of the things every employed individual would never want to hear. But why is it that a lot of professionals, even the most skilled and intelligent ones in fact, tend to be told these words a couple of times in their careers? Of course this is despite the fact that it is always the goal of employed individuals to stay long in their jobs or careers.

Here are some of the most common workplace habits that usually endanger a professional’s longevity on his or her job.

#1 Not having a long-term life or career plan

Career planning plays a very important role in the success of every working individual. It doesn’t matter if you just have it in your head, or you actually have it written down. What matters is that you have it, nurture it, and base all your career decisions on it.

#2 Not staying current with new skills

There is no industry that stays the same over a period of time in terms of trends and skills required from workers. Thus, as a worker, it is your responsibility to make sure that you stay on par with others in your field and that your skills are always current so that you will continuously be in demand.

#3 Failure to deliver expected results

Every successful individual in the business world knows that staying in the game is all about being responsible and accountable. It is not enough that you have one of the best positions in the company. You have to give what’s expected of you, and at times even more.

#4 Inability to learn continuously

Feeling that you already know it all will certainly keep you from moving up. No individual knows everything. However successful you think you may be, there is always something to learn and room for improvement.

#5 Not understanding the value of interaction

If you want to be successful in your field, then you need to know how important it is to stay personally connected with people. Don’t think that it is enough that you send emails to everyone. It is imperative that you communicate with people in person.

#6 Thinking that there’s nobody who can replace you

If you are a ‘diva’, well, there is no place for you in the corporate or business world. The moment you believe that nobody can do your job better than you is also the beginning of your failure not only in terms of career advancement, but your career in general.

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