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4 unintentional work habits that could be killing your career

Ever felt like something was holding you back at work? Ever considered that you might be your own worst enemy? Sometimes it’s the small, unconscious things that we do that can hurt our careers the most. There are some common traits, attitudes & habits that tend to hold people back as they progress through their career. Are you one of them? Here are 4 habits that could be holding you back at work.

You do not act on the feedback you’re given

The best employees are able to accept constructive criticism, address it immediately, and show improvement to their manager. You may not always agree with the feedback from your manager, but if you make a concerted effort to implement their suggestions, it will score you major points. Managers get personal satisfaction when they see their team improve and grow, especially in the areas that they have discussed.

You are not learning new skills

One of the most important things for career advancement is keeping up with your professional development. This means regularly learning new skills and mastering tools that are relevant to your job. Continuing professional development is important because it ensures you continue to be competent in your profession. Staying on top of the latest trends in your field will also make you a more attractive candidate for future employers.

You have a sense of entitlement

Unfortunately, some people believe that their dream job should be handed to them on a plate. The problem is – that’s not how it works for most of us. Career advancement means you sometimes have to start at the bottom (or the middle) and you might have to do some jobs that you’re not necessarily chuffed with – and slowly work your way up. Suck it up and make the most of that opportunity regardless.

You don’t look like you have your stuff together

Presentation becomes more important as you move up the food chain. Managers will not put someone in a position to represent a team, a department, or a business if they do not think that person will present the group in a positive light. If you stumble in front of large groups, lack a filter, write sloppy emails, come in late, forget things, or dress like you’re still in college then you are probably putting yourself out of the running before you even apply for a promotion.

Are you sabotaging your own career? You’d be surprised how many people do – and to be honest most of the things we’ve mentioned above are just easily fixable, attitude issues. But of course, sometimes you need a little nudge to recognise the problem in the first place! The realization that you are in control of your own career path is empowering. Get rid of the excuses, eliminate the ways you may be holding yourself back, and put yourself out there. With a few small changes in behaviour, your career can find so much more room to grow.

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