Career Moves That Are Unwise

In any career, making a mistake is an opportunity for learning, but some experts say there are some moves that could potentially hurt your career down the road.
Career and communications coach Fiona Bryan of Toronto, says most industries are small, and often, the moves you make with one company will follow you to the next.
And if you do run into an issue with a colleague or one of your seniors, Bryan says it’s important to tackle the issue head-on.
“The art of the apology is being humble and taking accountability,” she tells Global News. “Move on from it and don’t do it again.”
And while mistakes are often obvious, sometimes certain career moves could hurt us without us even knowing. Below, Bryan addresses five things people do on the job that can affect their next role.
Not being visible
Bryan says in this day and age, most of us are used to sitting behind our e-mails or screens. “The phone is a lost art,” she says. “Not having face-to-face time with people is a career limiting move.”
She says if you are not networking with people in your industry or taking the time to see them face-to-face, it’s hard for people in your industry to know you beyond a social media handle. If you work in an industry with a client base that depends on word-of-mouth, you need to put yourself out there, she adds.
“This is the ability to be interested in people and also be interesting in front of them.”
Jumping careers
When we are early in our careers, Bryan says people often get bored and jump from one job to the next. While this could be giving you good experience, she fears it can be limiting your opportunities down the road.
“Progressing in a job is better than switching early on,” she says. “It takes three to five years to get into a groove.”
She says even if you quit, future employers may have a hard time believing your reasoning if it happens often. Also, when an employee doesn’t progress in a company or business, it’s harder to prove you can grow from one position to another.
“You need to be able to prove your experiences and say, ‘This is what I can do for you,'” she says.
Workplace drama
The majority of workplaces have drama, but when you are looking for new jobs, you want to make sure you have don’t any toxic relationships with your former bosses or colleagues.
“It’a small industry, wherever you work,” she says. “It’s not worth it.”
Depending on the relationship you had with your last employer, Bryan says that employer easily has the power to dictate where you end up next (especially if you stay in the same industry).
Don’t talk about your co-workers on social media, don’t complain about your bosses to other people at work and don’t talk poorly about your superiors in your next job”.
Source: Arti Patel/Global News

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