3 Huge Career Mistakes We Hope You’re Not Making

August 13, 2014

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Sometimes it’s the little things that make a big difference. It’s amazing how one word or action could totally change your career path. And once you’ve landed that great job the fight is not over. Every day is a step towards a better future as long as you play your cards right. Here are three career mistakes that seem small but can actually have huge effects:

1. Saying “No.”
You can be known as a “Yes” kind of person or a “No” kind of person. Which one do you think is better? In work and in life, people will stop asking if your answer is always no. While saying “Yes” to one small, boring project might not seem that exciting, it could lead to something bigger. Giving the “Okay” to a networking lunch might seem insignificant until that person who sat next to you gets promoted and becomes your boss. Agreeing to join the social committee might seem like a waste of time until you get on a first-name basis with your company’s vice president. Get the picture?

2. Throwing a fit.
Your work life and your personal life are two different things. If you didn’t get invited to a lunch with your friends, you might get upset. But if you didn’t get invited to a meeting with your coworkers, don’t take offense. Perhaps they didn’t want to waste your time. Perhaps your expertise wasn’t needed yet. Perhaps your boss has another project for you in mind. Don’t read into things too much. Work is work. If you’d like to say something, do so in a positive way. For example, “I’m very interested in that project you guys are working on, so if you need any additional help please let me know.”

3. Acting self-centered.
You work on a team. It’s success depends on the success of each individual person — not just you. Praise your coworkers’ successes, support them along the way, and offer help. They’ll do the same to you in return. Along the same lines, don’t forget that you’re not the only person in the room. Be it in a meeting room or in the lunch room, engage all of your coworkers in conversation and treat everyone equally.





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