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11 Missteps That Can Sink Your Career

 
 
By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2014-09-04
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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There's no script for employees to follow that will guarantee career success, but there are certain rules of thumb that bode well for a rewarding, long-term career. For example, it's essential to exercise sound, business-focused judgment and earn a reputation as someone who can be trusted to deliver as promised. It's also important to convey a sense of professionalism and to treat people with respect. Unfortunately, too many employees lack a key quality or two, and they sometimes pay a steep price, as thousands of people are fired every day. In many cases, there are obvious reasons for these terminations, such as ineptitude or dishonesty, but other career-killers are more subtle. With this in mind, we offer the following 11 traits and actions that can sink your career. Not all will result in a pink slip, but each could stall or derail upward mobility. These missteps were adapted from a number of online resources, including those compiled by MakeItHappenNow.org, a site that offers career-advancement advice to professionals, and Monster.com, an online job search and career advice site.

 
 
 
 
 
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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