There is an old saying that no doubt you have heard: What you don’t know can’t hurt you. But is that really true? Could you be guilty of making some costly career mistakes? Will you be spared the consequences because you didn’t know?
Today’s job market and what it requires have undergone a shift in recent years. What used to be true is in many cases now passe.
Read on to find out what mistakes you might be making that could be detrimental to your career.
1. Disregarding the office culture of an organization. Most people are fired not because of work performance but because of a lack of fit. If you want to keep your job, you need to fit with the organization. Find out what the expectations are early in your tenure so that you can act appropriately. This is a mistake that people at any level can make.
2. Failing to show your contribution to the bottom line. Even if you are not in sales, you should still be able to articulate how the work that you do is valuable to the company. As far as possible you should be able to quantify how much money you saved, what time-saving measures you instituted, and how you improved processes. Management tends to cut those positions that do not have a direct relationship to the bottom line. In this case, committing this error could mean that you lose your job needlessly.
3. Not paying attention to your employability. If your company offers tuition reimbursement, take classes that will enhance your resume. You might consider getting a certification in your field since certifications have become very common in many fields. If you do not yet have an advanced degree, you might consider using the tuition reimbursement program to obtain that degree to increase your marketability. Not increasing your employability could mean that when you seek other employment, your skills are not worth much in the marketplace, or, in the worst case scenario, you could become unemployable.
4. Staying out of sight. You should get involved in committees to increase your visibility in the organization and make a contribution outside of your department. Many large companies have committees to review processes or improve employee retention. Joining such a committee can expose you to other people in a large organization that you might not otherwise meet and can open the door for future job opportunities. Staying out of sight may not necessarily mean that you lose your job, but it could mean losing out on opportunities to enhance and grow your career.
5. Not developing a compelling online presence. According to recent data, the overwhelming majority of recruiters now scour online sources for additional information on candidates. Positive online information about you will improve your job prospects since that is what recruiters will be looking for to determine who they call for an interview. Social media sites such as LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook rank high on the search engines, so make sure that you represent yourself well on these sites. The worst part about not having a compelling online presence is that you could miss opportunities and never even know what you missed. After all, the HR department will never contact you to let you know that they were not impressed with how you presented yourself online.
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