Great craft, poor passion. If you’ve been in a job for too long without the passion to drive you day by day, expect to age faster. It is important to do work that you really love to avoid stressing yourself out, and take steps to make way for new and better opportunities that may be on the horizon.
Staying in one job for too long. Your loyalty to your company is worth something. But working for a company for too long can handicap your skills in the long run. Your stay can raise questions for future employers if you decide to change your career path. Hiring managers may conclude that you’ll have a hard time adapting to a new environment, especially after working for the same company for more than a decade or so.
If it’s time to move to a different job, don’t forget to demonstrate your adaptability. Get your point across by showing your flexibility and openness to new ideas.
Avoiding confrontation when in disagreement with your boss. Being a part of the yes-men team isn’t exactly the best way to build your career. If you want to truly help the company, don’t be afraid to speak up and tell your manager the truth. (It’s extremely important to be respectful, of course — he’s your boss after all.)
Sharing your opinion isn’t a sin. Good managers appreciate hearing different input—in some cases it can help them make a decision that will benefit the company.
Not joining corporate social events. No matter how much you dread going to social gatherings and events, it’s vital to make an appearance at company get-togethers. Not showing up can give a wrong signal that you are not interested in building connections. It can damage your career in the long run and even hinder a promotion. Be friendly and show you’re a team player.
Giving a reference you can’t stand behind. Keep in mind that your name and reputation is on the line whenever you recommend someone for a job. Don’t make the recommendation just because you owe that person a favor. If you think his or her skills aren’t suited for the job, recommend a different career path that will better suit his or her skills.
Avoid these career harmers and help grow your career. No one wants to be stuck in a job that doesn’t make them feel productive, happy and fulfilled.