5 Career Management Slip-Ups… and how to avoid them!

Published: July 9, 2013
By: Faye Hollands

If you want to get ahead in your career it’s important you actively manage it well.  Unfortunately, when life gets busy it can become all too easy to think your career will tick along nicely on it’s own, and that’s when slip-ups happen.  From my experience there are 5 common ways to neglect your career, and here’s how to avoid them…

How To Avoid Neglect

Don’t make these mistakes with your career: –

Slip-up #1: No Plan

You don’t get career progression simply by doing a great job – you need a plan and you need to take action on it.  Too many wannabe career-climbers allow their professional life to be mapped out for them by their boss, HR, or the recruiters they meet.  This ultimately puts their career in the hands of others – a major no-no when it comes to career management!

  • Solution: Make sure you have a clear career plan with step-by-steps actions and a timeline to follow.  Get clear on where YOU want your career to be, and define the steps you need to take to get there.  If you’re not sure, get a mentor, hire a Career Coach, or speak to your professional network and get their advice.

Slip-up #2:  Staying Put

Sticking in a job that you don’t like just because it pays well or gives you security is not a smart strategy to manage your career if you don’t like what you do.  The situation will just get worse, you’ll hate your career more and more, and the ramifications on your entire life can be huge …. and if that sounds dramatic, just imagine doing a job you hate every day, for years and years – it’s hard to be positive and upbeat in all other facets of your life if one major one is out of whack.

  • Solution: There is ALWAYS another option, but that doesn’t mean that getting out will be easy or quick.  To make sure you don’t end up hating what you do, regularly review whether or not your job meets your professional and personal values – if it doesn’t, take action immediately to readjust the imbalance or change jobs.

Slip-up #3:  Working Harder

Career progression is not solely determined by how many hours you put in so if you’re slogging your guts out because you think it’s going to get you promoted be careful, you might be very disappointed come review time.

  • Solution: Working smarter, and getting real results, are much more likely to get you promoted than a time sheet full of ridiculous hours.  Make sure you’re crystal clear on what your boss’s objectives are and then align the effort you put in with the tasks that are going to help reach his/her goals more quickly.  By showcasing how you’re focused on what is important in the business, and meeting your key job responsibilities in the most effective way, will help you stand out for promotion a lot more than bags under your eyes!

Slip-up #4:  Relying On Recruiters & Job Boards

By some estimates, over 75% of jobs are now secured through professional networks.  Which means, if you’re relying on on-line job boards and recruiters to find you your next great job, you’re probably going to miss out on the pick of the bunch.

  • Solution: It’s critical that you actively network to build your professional circle and ensure that you are best placed to hear about great opportunities when they arise.  Don’t wait to start networking when you want to find a new job – networking is about building relationships and trust, so put the effort in year-round to get the best results.

Slip-up #5:  Throwing together marketing collateral

If you’re doing all of the above, the chances are that you’ll create opportunities when you weren’t necessarily looking for them or expecting them – which is a great position to be in.  But, if you leave important marketing material like your CV and LinkedIn profile until the last minute, and have to throw them together quickly, you run the risk of ruining your chances with bad branding.

  • Solution: Always have an up to date resume ready to go, which can be tweaked quickly to suit your needs when required.  It takes major time and effort to put a great resume together, so don’t leave it until the last minute and hope you can pull off a major task quickly.  The same goes with your LinkedIn profile – this is an important marketing tool that should always be current.

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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