As you look forward to the rest of 2017, it’s up to you to try to make this a good year for your career. But of course that means that you need to avoid costly mistakes. Here are some mistakes you should definitely avoid:
Not paying attention to trends. If the type of work that you do can be done by a machine instead of a person, you may need to look for another type of job. It’s usually just a matter of time before your company decides that a machine can do your job for less money. You should stay abreast of what is happening in your profession or industry so that you are not caught off guard.
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.
Not increasing your marketability. 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.
Staying invisible. 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.
Not developing a dynamic online presence. According to Adweek, 92% 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.
Ignoring signs that it’s time to move on. If you have that nagging feeling that if you don’t make a move now, you never will, don’t ignore that feeling. You are likely to get stuck in a rut if you don’t push yourself beyond your comfort zone. It’s easy for human beings to stick with the familiar. But if you don’t take the risk of looking for something new, you can easily become overcome with inertia and miss out on an exciting career. As a career coach it is sad for me to hear people near the end of their careers expressing regrets because they did not take advantage of opportunities while they were available. It’s good to try new things and see where they will lead you.
Neglecting your network. The best jobs are found through your network. If you become so consumed with your daily grind that you neglect your network, you could be missing out on great opportunities that they hear about. You won’t be top of mind because you haven’t stayed in touch. So schedule some follow-up with your networking contacts on a regular basis so that you will have a steady stream of information about job opportunities.
*If you are committed to moving your career forward in 2017, you need a professional by your side, helping you make all the right moves. Call 877-743-9521 now to speak to a career coach who can help you achieve in 2017!