Are You Sabotaging Your Career?

Do you feel that you have stalled in your career?  Are you finding it difficult to move forward?  Is it possible that your behaviour is limiting your career growth?  Something that you don’t even realize that you are doing could be negatively impacting the way that you are perceived at work.  Here are some ways that you might be sabotaging yourself.  Take a minute to see if any of this behaviour sounds a little too familiar:

You’re not a team player.  If you can’t work cohesively as a member of the team, you will not progress in your career.  To be successful, you need to be able to get along with all different types of people.

You are in the wrong job.  When your heart is not in the job, it is difficult to be enthusiastic about it.  If you’re just sitting at your desk waiting for the end of the day to come, you’re not doing anyone any favours.  You will never truly excel at a job where you are not happy.  Be honest with yourself and if this job isn’t right for you, find one that is.

You’re not building your network.  Since most jobs are filled without even being advertised, it is essential that you develop your network so that you have access to those opportunities.  If you aren’t growing your network, you will never reach your true potential in your career.  Get out there and meet people who work in your industry and try to find opportunities where you can benefit each other.

You don’t speak up enough.  Even if you are a quiet person, you never want to allow yourself to fade into the background.  Speak up at meetings and make a meaningful contribution.  Don’t let your managers overlook the value that you bring to the organization.

You have a bad attitude.  While your manager may be willing to forgive you for lacking a specific technical skill, they will never accept a bad attitude.  Whether you are a complainer, a gossiper or a blamer, nobody will want to work with you.  You need to correct this behaviour because no matter where you are working or who you are working with, it will be a problem.

So many people shoot themselves in the foot every day without even realizing it.  You always need to be aware of your weaknesses and how they might be impacting your job performance.  Routinely ask your manager and your coworkers for feedback.  The offhand comments that they make could be the key to your success.

(Written by: Karen Bivand)



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