10 Biggest Career Mistakes to Avoid

You’re fired! This succinct phrase strikes more fear into the heart of the working woman than any other. Why is it, then, that many well-intentioned and reasonably astute professionals hear these words chronically throughout their career despite their best efforts? Below are the top 10 self-destructive workplace habits sure to endanger your longevity on the job.

No. 10: Failing to have a life plan – All very successful people have a clear life plan, whether memorized or actually written down. They create it, nurture it, and refer to it often.

No. 9: Not keeping your skill set current – The business landscape is ever-changing and there is more demand for jobs than supply. Not staying on par with colleagues and those vying for your job will be a death sentence.

No. 8: Losing perspective – Intuitive business people recognize that, despite their best attempts to do everything right, sometimes they approach roadblocks and seek the advice and perspective of a respected friend, colleague or even a business coach. Those who fail to recognize their shortcomings are destined for the unemployment line.

No. 7: Failing to deliver results – Winners in business know that it’s all about accountability. Those who harbor a sense of entitlement for simply having put forth effort, regardless of the results of those efforts, are guaranteed to fall by the wayside.

No. 6: Knowing all the answers – The old adage remains true: knowledge is power. Professing to know it all can readily stagnate a career. Winners remain unceasingly interested in learning new ideas and approaches.