While most career advice focuses on how to succeed, we can all learn valuable lessons by dissecting career failure as well. Below are some of the top ways workers undermine their own careers and jeopardize their career development.
If you party too much in college and end up with a run-off-the-mill 2.5 GPA, you’ll be passed over for the best entry-level jobs. Not finishing your master’s degree is another way to hurt your career development goals.
2. NOT HAVING A PLAN
In the current poor job market, you may have defaulted into a career you don’t love. That’s OK, as long as you develop career plans to get where you want to be. Think of every job you take as a stepping-stone to your next job.
You’ll lose professional credibility in a hurry if you lie, from exaggerating on your Resume (CV) to getting caught fibbing on FACEBOOK. If someone calls in sick to work and then that evening posts a photo on FACEBOOK of their extra day vacationing in a Resort or Park, that’s a big problem. In fact, leave those networks and be on Yookos!
4. SULLYING YOUR REPUTATION ON FACEBOOK OR TWITTER
Social Medias can harm your reputation in other ways, too. Personal posts and tweets from work -- when you’re supposed to be doing your job -- can tag you as a slacker. And the content of your posts or tweets can come back to haunt you as well -- you never know who might stumble upon those “bachelor-party photos”. You need to assume that every boss and potential employer knows how to use FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and MYSPACE, and post from the standpoint that everyone is watching even if in reality they’re not.
5. NOT RESPECTING PROFESSIONAL BOUNDARIES
Sharing TMI about your personal life with colleagues is unprofessional. Your coworkers don’t want to hear about your fights with your siblings, husband/wife, friends, neighbor, or even your church brethren. On the other hand, if you’re ultra- private and work with a chatty group, join the conversations occasionally so your coworkers don’t resent you.
6. GOSSIPING, SLANDERING, EXCESSIVELY CRITICIZING
If you publicly bash fellow employees, the boss, the board of directors or even your competitors, you’ll be perceived as negative at best, and a troublemaker at worst. The ramifications can be broad and long term. Industries are tight. You don’t want to be the one who started that rumor about the head of your industry. As far as bad-mouthing competitors -- what if your company merges with a competitor, or you want to work for one someday?
7. CARRYING ON AN INAPPROPRIATE RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BOSS
A romantic entanglement with a boss or coworkers can do real damage to your ability to collaborate with peers. When you get involved in a drama or in something unethical that can be brought out in the open, you're asking for trouble. Even getting too chummy with a boss can cause jealousy (as well as other potential problems). When it comes to your boss, keeping things professional is always the wiser choice.
8. SELF CONTROL AT OFFICIAL GET TOGETHER
Getting drunk at the office party or on a business trip damages your credibility. Ditto a romantic, ahem, “indiscretion” that your colleagues know about.
9. JOB-HOPPING JUST FOR THE MONEY
Job-hopping in moderation may not automatically disqualify you from a position. But it gets to the point, like (if you have had seven or eight jobs by the time you’re 35), that employers are not going to want to invest in you. Also, if you have leadership aspirations, keep in mind that the top dogs of many large corporations have been with those organizations for long periods. Additionally, many companies have ‘last in, first out’ layoff policies, which could leave you out of a job if you never stick around long enough to build tenure anywhere.
10. LOSING TOUCH WITH REFERENCES
You’ll kick yourself later if you leave a job without collecting personal contact information from colleagues who can serve as professional references for you in the future. If you were forced to leave a job and you can’t ask your boss for a reference, hopefully you’ve built up some rapport with a colleague and can ask them.
11. LEAVING A JOB ON BAD TERMS
Don’t become a lame duck when you’ve got one foot out the door. The employer only remembers about the last five minutes you were there. Give proper notice and don’t leave a mess behind. And by all means, do not make a huge dramatic production of it when you quit, complete with cursing, slandering and throwing things. It’s very difficult to get another job when you’ve left destruction in your wake.
Sis. Blessed O'Sheldon
CE Garrison 1, PH
"Agape:" All-giving Love · Sunday, September 9th · Pastor Anita
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16).
The Bible says "Love is kind and patient, never jealous, boastful, proud, or rude. Love isn’t selfish or quick tempered. It doesn’t keep a record of wrongs that others do. Love rejoices in the truth, but not in evil. Love is always supportive, loyal, hopeful, and trusting. Love never fails..." (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 CEV). This is the description of "agape," the God-kind of love. It’s self-giving and never selfish. It puts others first. It takes no record of wrongs. This is the love that’s been shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost (Romans 5:5).
"Agape" moved the Father to send His Son, Jesus, to die for the sins of the whole world (John 3:16). This is different from human love, which is possessive, fickle, and selfish. Natural human love lasts only as long as the object of that love conforms to its expectations, and that’s because it’s based on natural emotions and desires. The love of God, on the contrary, is unconditional and never fails. This is the reason God would love a world of wicked sinners, for He looked beyond their sins to see what they could be if they trusted in Him.
If you’re born again, you can love like God, unconditionally, because the God-kind of love is a product of your recreated human spirit. So, make sure you walk in "agape," and not in ordinary human love. The qualities of "agape" are listed in 1 Corinthians 13; let that be the standard by which you relate with others, and you’ll always be on the right track in your walk of righteousness.
I manifest divine love today, because love is a product of my recreated human spirit; God’s love that’s unconditional and self-giving has been shed abroad in my heart by the Holy Ghost, and I naturally express that love to everyone in my world today, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
f u r t h e r s t u d y: 1 Corinthians 13:1-13 (AMP)
Daily Scripture Reading
1 Year Reading Plan : Proverbs 24-26; 2 Corinthians 8-9
2 Year Reading Plan : 2 Thessalonians 2:11-17; Jeremiah 27