By Tiffany Miller, Account Director, R&J Public Relations
Want to get ahead in your career? Stop doing these five things that can kill your career and any prospects of advancement on the spot.
- Feeling entitled- This one often gets pinned on millennials but it spans all generations. Just because you did your job does not mean that you should receive accolades and praise. You are on the payroll for a reason and that’s to do the job assigned to you. Simply completing tasks and assignments does not translate into employee of the month or a promotion. Really want to get your boss’s attention? Stop feeling and acting entitled and start showing value by bringing new ideas to the table and demonstrate that you are capable of taking on more responsibility. Also talk to your boss regularly about your performance and what your professional goals are and how you can work towards achieving them.
- Not having an opinion or not voicing it – Don’t be the person that just agrees with everything your boss or client says all the time. Make sure to voice your opinion on important topics and use that as a platform to demonstrate your knowledge on the subject. Different perspectives and opinions allow for a more open dialogue among you, your boss, your team and your clients and can often lead to new ideas and can be a valuable learning experience. Just don’t make it confrontational and make sure to respect others’ ideas and opinions.
- Mailing it in- Spoiler alert! You’re not the only one who knows when your heart wasn’t in an assignment. Even worse your boss and your clients know it too. Always push and challenge yourself, especially on days when your motivation or inspiration might be running low. If you get stuck, bounce ideas off of co-workers or talk it through with your boss.
- Thinking of it as a job – This is your career. Start treating it like one and lose the 9-5 mentality. The most successful people I know don’t wait until 9 AM to walk through the door and they sure don’t pack up at 5 PM on the dot every day. That’s not to say that you shouldn’t have a work/life balance but you should be eager to gain experience. Even if all your work is done for the day, check in with your boss and coworkers to see if you can help with anything.
- Avoiding social situations – People in general like to do business with people they like. Make an effort to attend company outings to get to know your coworkers and bosses or coordinate an outing yourself. Also look for opportunities to spend time with clients when it’s not all focused on business and when you can get to know them. It’s often these times that you learn important insights about the account and how you can help.