Taking risks is often a good thing in terms of your career. By taking risks you can reach heights that you never would have otherwise. But there are some career risks that you should never take. Some career risks do not have the potential for a good payoff.
Here are five no-nos that have the potential to ruin your career.
1. Quit on bad terms. It’s best to stay on good terms ex-coworkers and bosses. You never know when you may need them again. For one thing, you may need to come back to the company again, and if this is the case, it will be a smoother transition if you have maintained good relationships even after your departure. Another issue is that in many fields people are very interconnected, so if you leave a position on bad terms, people in other organizations in your same field may hear about it and judge you accordingly.
2. Badmouth the boss. This is another potential career killer that seems harmless because most people seem to engage in it. However, saying something negative about the boss to the wrong person can be the highest form of self sabotage. And even if you speak negatively about the boss to someone you trust, there is always the possibility that someone else with a different agenda might overhear your conversation.
3. Become complacent in your current position. No matter how good a job you do or how stable your organization may seem, there is always the possibility that your job could be cut. Given that reality, you should stay vigilant. You should especially stay on the lookout for the following signs that may indicate that your job is at risk: shortfalls in the budget, a transfer of your duties to someone else, increasing automation that could affect your position, and company mergers.
4. Rest satisfied with your current knowledge base. You should invest in yourself. Keep your skills up to date in your current position and let your boss know about any new certifications or licenses that you have obtained. Staying abreast of what is current in your field positions you well as a valuable employee, and it also makes you marketable just in case your job is eliminated in spite of your best efforts.
If you can take advantage of a tuition reimbursement program on the job, do so. If that is not available, you can still invest in yourself. Read want ads to find out what skills or qualifications are mentioned as being preferred. Then take the required steps to obtain these skills and qualifications.
5. Depend solely on posted job listings during your job search. Many job seekers rely on job boards as their only job search method when looking for a new position. Job boards are where you will find the most competition. Although you should use job boards as part of your job search mix, you should also incorporate networking, recruiters, and professional associations into your job search to increase your job search results.
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