We all want to be successful in our careers, but we don’t always set ourselves up for success with our actions. Regularly showing up late or unprepared for work is definitely not okay and here are some other career mistakes we should avoid at all costs.
- Not owning up to your mistakes - We all make mistakes, so don’t waste time blaming others or yourself, admit the mistake was yours and spend your energy trying to solve the problem. “If you own your mistakes people will trust you more,” CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, Sallie Krawcheck says.
- Burning your bridges - Treat the intern with as much respect as the department head, because it’s the right thing to do and because they could end up being your boss one day.
- Underselling yourself in job interviews - Research shows women routinely sell themselves short, downplay their achievements, and don’t apply for jobs if they don’t meet 100% of the requirements. If selling yourself feels like humble-bragging, use evidence to backup your accomplishments at work.
- Not asking questions - If you don’t have a thorough understanding of exactly what someone is asking for in a work assignment, don’t walk away until you ask questions. Ask 10 if you have to because asking for clarification will save you time and resources later.
- Being “a drain” - Don’t be the person who’s overly negative, sucking the energy from everyone else. Be “a radiator,” someone who exudes warmth, honesty, positivity and enthusiasm. Constantly coming to your supervisor with complaints and problems instead of useful solutions is one of the biggest career mistakes you can make.
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