Ten Surefire Ways to Sabotage Your Career
You may bring the best technology talent to your company, but raw skills alone aren't enough to guarantee a successful career. In fact, there are a number of undesirable "soft skill" traits and behaviors that could very well earn you a pink slip. Even though the job market is improving, anyone who's looking for a position after getting fired (as opposed to being downsized) will be at a disadvantage compared to candidates who have a clean employment record. So consider the following classic ways that otherwise qualified professionals sabotage their own careers. Some blunders amount to simple carelessness, while others come down to a lack of personal decorum. In many cases, these mistakes can be avoided by remembering to treat others the way you want to be treated. These "career killers" were compiled from a number of resources, including Lifehack.org, a life and work advice site, and NanceRosenblog.com from Nance Rosen, author of Speak Up! & Succeed: How to Get Everything You Want in Meetings, Presentations and Conversations (Pegasus Media World/available now).