Things You Shouldn't Do if You Want to Be Promoted

By Dennis McCafferty
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    Things You Shouldn't Do if You Want to Be Promoted

    Things You Shouldn't Do if You Want to Be Promoted

    In addition to talent, dedication and job performance, employers also consider attitude, behavior and appearance when deciding who deserves to be promoted.

There are plenty of ways to get passed over for a promotion that have nothing to do with your job performance, according to a recent survey from CareerBuilder. For example, having a bad attitude will significantly lower your chances. So will frequently showing up late for work and/or leaving early—even if you get the job done. The findings also show that people who curse a lot are likely to be taken out of the running for advancement. Also, you should take a good look in the mirror before heading to the office, because many employers are reluctant to promote someone whose clothes are provocative, wrinkled or shabby. (Many are not fond of visible tattoos either.) "In addition to on-the-job accomplishments, employers also take attitude, behavior and appearance into consideration when deciding who deserves to move up in the ranks," said Rosemary Haefner, chief human resources officer at CareerBuilder. "While your work performance may be strong, if you're not presenting yourself in a professional manner, it may be preventing your superiors from taking you seriously." A total of 2,175 hiring and human resources managers took part in the research.

This article was originally published on 2015-08-06
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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