Whether you’ve just scored an awesome internship or have been in the corner office for a number of years, navigating the work world can be a tricky business.
Here are some common work errors to avoid:
Keeping it too casual
Chances are, before you’ve even said hello to the interviewer, they’ve already taken in how you look. Being dressed professionally for a job interview is a must. But Forbes magazine suggests that not everyone is willing to put the effort into wowing a potential employer. It’s a particular problem with Millenials.
Angela Romano Kuo, a former a human resources vice president, tells the magazine that she’s had a young man show up for an interview in a golf shirt, shorts and flip flops. Needless to say, he didn’t get the position. He wasn’t alone. Forbes points to a survey in which 75% of hiring managers said the most common flub Millenials make is wearing inappropriate interview outfits.
Mapping it all out
Planning for the future may seem like a conscientious move, but it does come with limitations. The Harvard Business Review went as far as suggesting that career planning can actually be quite dangerous. Leonard A. Schlesinger, Charles F. Kiefer and Paul B. Brown write that though some industries, such as nursing, can be predictable, but increasingly, the world is not.
“A career plan can lead you into a false sense of confidence, where you fail to see opportunities as they arise and miss taking smart steps you otherwise hadn't planned for.” Assuming the trajectory of your career will be a neat ascension of steps can lead to a sense of complacency.
TMI in Social Media
Twitter and LinkedIn can be handy for finding new job openings, maintaining connections and networking, but social media comes with career dangers if you’re not vigilant. Real Simple outlines some of the most common flubs associated with Facebook. Complaining about your company on social media can get you canned (though criticizing wages, working hours, or conditions is technically protected under labor law). And off-colour remarks that aren’t even necessarily about your place of work can also get you the boot. If you’re employer has a social media policy, read it. Otherwise, think hard before you post.
What are some of the career mistakes you have made? Tell us in the comments.
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