The year is coming to an end and many of us are considering switching our jobs. It is the time when we start to review our career choices and look for answers.
Questions like whether we achieved any goals with our career, are we happy emotionally and financially, etc start roaming around as we move forward towards a new year. Once you start questioning and are not happy with the results, it’s time to make a change.
If you have just graduated and are looking for a job, you too need to focus on finding the right fit for you. New job-seekers also make some mistakes that can make them stuck in a job that they detest. These can cost us dearly.
This is the reasons there are many career experts, and taking help from them is a good idea. In case, you don’t have time to go to one, we have compiled a list of 7 critical mistakes that can ruin your career. These mistakes will severely damage your career, and it can take years to make it alright.
1. Choosing a career without researching
Most of the times we go for a career or a job because of pressure. This pressure can be from peers or parents. We ignore our interests, wishes and personality traits and take up jobs to make others happy. This will make you financially stable, but not happy. And sooner or later, your performance will suffer, and you won’t see any growth in personal or professional life.
2. Sending same resume to everyone
Not all hiring companies are looking for the same thing. Different positions require different qualifications. Thus, sending a general resume which is the same to everyone is another mistake you should avoid. Now, this does not mean that you change the qualification section of the resume. It just means that the objective section should be written keeping in mind the needs of the hiring firm. Also, highlights the qualifications that are required by them.
Moreover, never lie on your resume about anything. If the HR decided to cross-check them, a lie could put you in a difficult situation. Also, make sure your resume has some uniqueness in it. If your resume also looks like other people, what are the chances you have got? With tools like Canva, create attractive resume designs to make your efforts time saving and effective.
3. Not maintaining a good and cordial relationship with co-workers and higher ups
If you think that your career graph depends on just your IQ, academic and performance efficiency, you are wrong. This helps with getting the job and making an impression in the initial days. But after that, if you want to achieve success, you need to have a good relationship with your colleagues and superiors. A cordial relationship with them makes you a person who respects and expresses gratitude towards people. And everyone wants to work with such people. Also, respecting your superiors is crucial. Now, this doesn’t mean that you kiss their ass (so to speak), but keep them in a loop, listen to their advice and never bad mouth them in public.
Having a healthy relationship with the people you work will help you grow in your workplace. So, change this if you are a person who just goes to work to do their job.
4. Don’t make your workplace your personal tinder
It’s hard to date when you are working the whole day. But this does not mean that you start picking up women/men at your workplace. Movies have made falling in love at the workplace and working peacefully a novel concept. But in real-life it can be a huge problem for you. Like-
- Many companies policy states- no relationship between colleagues. This means penalty, suspension or even retiring from the job.
- In the case when the other person doesn’t feel the same, it can become awkward and working with
- It can also be perceived as sexual harassment.
- Other people may be awkward with your relationship straining your relationship with them.
- If things don’t work out between you two, your working relationship can suffer too.
5. Don’t downplay your achievements and qualities
Sometimes we cut back on some of our achievements and qualities for a company/career we like. Also, some people do so because they feel they are bragging about themselves. But the truth is, both the scenarios are wrong. Be proud of your achievement and list all your qualities. It is not bragging but just being truthful.
6. Not networking
Don’t limit yourself by not networking outside your work. It can have an ill-effect on your job profile and for you too. So, attend conferences, events, and meetings that represent your industry. Meet with people who are doing the same job as yours. This gives you some new perspective which can be beneficial for your growth.
Working every second of every day will make you sick of it, and your work will suffer. So, take time to meet friends, family, and travel to other cities. All these things will make you relax, and you will come back to work with new energy.
So, these were 7 critical mistakes that can ruin your career. Don’t work at a place that doesn’t satisfy you. It will not only compromise your work but your health too. Your career is your passion; don’t ruin it doing things just because others do it.