5 Pitfalls to Avoid During Your Career

Take control of your career and lift those around you up as well! Complacency and arrogance will hurt your short and long-term career development, and your leadership impact.

5 Common Career Development Mistakes

Dan Schawbel, author, entrepreneur, and global keynote speaker, wrote a compelling article that rings true to me. In his article, 5 Common Career Mistakes, Dan shares what he views as the top career development mistakes. Are they the only mistakes you could list? No, but if you narrow your focus to these five, you will most likely overcome any other major pitfalls in your career:

  1.  Forgetting to maintain a network while you’re employed
  2.  Thinking that your company is going to manage your career
  3.  Not keeping track of your career accomplishments
  4.  Waiting to get a raise or promotion
  5.  Ignoring lateral move opportunities

Dan is a Partner and Research Director at Future Workplace, an HR executive network and research firm.  He is also the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestselling book, Promote Yourself: The New Rules For Career Success as well as Me 2.0: 4 Steps to Building Your Future*.

What are some other pitfalls in career development that you have seen?


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