You’ve finally managed to get yourself into a good job, with good co-workers and great projects to work on, but you’re not quite getting the recognition you think you deserve. After all, you work hard, socialise and deliver above and beyond what’s expected of you. So what’s happening? Well, you might be falling back on bad habits that will always have a negative effect on your reputation, and your perceived value.
Here are some career breaking habits that you really need to stop!
You waste time on social media
It’s safe to say that most of us are active on social media, but social media can be a massive time-wasting activity. It does have it’s uses – especially when it comes to passing the time when you train home is delayed again, or you can get the message out about your upcoming birthday party etc. but if you are Facebooking or Tweeting during work hours, you are going to rub your colleagues up the wrong way. Not only are you going to build resentment, but you are losing minutes where you will eventually have to catch up. Which means you’ll find yourself working late or taking more work home. Not good!
You attend too many meetings
Here’s the one thing that no one else will tell you – you don’t need to go to every meeting you are invited to. The most valued employees will be the ones who can manage their own productivity. They know how to prioritise and still make sure they are present for the important meetings (with the stress on important). Don’t feel like you are being rude if you refuse a meeting – suggest other less time-consuming ways of having a catch-up.
You ignore your resume
It doesn’t matter if you are not currently looking for a job, keeping your resume up to date is vital. Always keep track of your achievements and note down particular challenges that you have been through that demonstrate certain skills. You’ll be surprised where you may need to go over your resume to show your accolades, even when you are not hunting for work. Also, don’t forget to keep up your LinkedIn profile. It’s often the first place people look when they are trying to find more about you, so letting it get stale is not a good idea.
You don’t socialise with your team
Being successful at work comes not only from producing high-quality work. You also need to have a good relationship with your coworkers. You don’t need to become best friends, but you do need to try to get along. If people know you are not only good at your job, but also a nice, trustworthy person they’ll rate you higher, which is great for your reputation. Remember, every person that you speak to potentially has a larger network behind them, so getting along with others is a good idea for advancing your career. And of course, it will help make your work day a little more pleasant.
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