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15 Career Mistakes You Should Avoid

By Deep Sikder
Last updated on 5th Jul 2017
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Most people commit the mistake of shifting jobs. I mean, is it really required? Because all companies contain both advantages and disadvantages, so it becomes difficult to judge the best. And most of the time, people tend to judge themselves and end up making the mistake of quitting the job. Since challenges are a part of your profession, you should learn to deal with them properly and rectify your career mistakes.

Maintaining stability in your professional life is extremely significant. Unless you learn to maintain this, you won’t be able to stick to a job properly. As your career is an elongated journey, you need to plan it properly to maintain a long term relationship with your profession. And once you learn to deal with the ups and downs, you can smoothly handle the challenges.

So today I am going to state the biggest career blunders that people generally commit.

1. Shifting jobs frequently

It is certain that occasionally you are dissatisfied with your job. But quitting isn’t the real solution for this. You must know that frequent job changes are a big minus point for your resume. Most employers avoid appointing candidates who change jobs frequently because they fail to stick to one. But in reality, frequent job-hopping means a lack of confidence and commitment and being self-absorbed.

It has been found that 70% of workers actively looking for a change in career.

2. Changing jobs for money

It is obvious that you want to earn more. But this should not be the priority case for you. You might get attracted by the higher payouts of the company, but as much as you get acquainted with the job, you will feel that job satisfaction is prior to it. Always choose a job, not based on the money, but the one that meets your expectations. According to a report, 39% of workers change their careers only because of better salaries.

3. No career planning

People make this big mistake of not having a proper career plan. Ultimately you will end up regretting not doing it. Without a career plan, your life would be topsy-turvy and you will get confused between the right and the wrong. Eventually, you will come across a career that is unsuitable for you and that you do not deserve.


4. No self-improvement

Being satisfied with your current job and position does not mean that you should stop learning. In order to get through the challenges and finding yourself in a superior position, you should constantly learn and develop yourself. This can be anyway like attending seminars and conferences, talking to your seniors, attending training programs, etc. Additionally, you can also learn a foreign language to attain higher chances of promotions.

5. Lying about your skills

To attain greater positions does not mean that you should lie to your employers. Claiming a skill that you don’t have will always put you at risk. When your employer will find that you don’t know anything about the job function, you will be questioned and eventually, fired.

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6. Taking work for granted

Working with a company that values you do not mean that you should take it for granted. If you try to skip your responsibilities, then you cannot consider that the company will preserve you for longer. Instead, you’ll have greater chances of losing the job. Such a negative attitude will probably ruin your career and you will end up changing the job.

7. Trusting the wrong person

It’s not right to trust and rely on anyone when you are working in a company. Learn to fulfil your responsibilities. Also, you tend to share your confidential information and data with someone who is not trustworthy. He/she might leak your information to anyone and hence, you will get fired for it.


8. Lack of confidence

If you don’t believe in yourself, how will others do? Trusting in yourself is an important factor while working in a company because when you take up a project, you need to showcase confidence and assurance. Your confidence can be built by remembering all that you have achieved in your career in the past. This will help you learn how capable you are.

9. Unable to take up challenges

Discarding your boss’ decisions doesn’t make you a smart employee, instead, it will show how incapable you are. Always rejecting challenges and taking a safe path will not make any development of your career. If you do not think out of the box or bother to take risks, you will be downgraded by your employer. Because if there’s no risk, there’s no reward.

10. The ‘Time to Quit’ feeling

It’s obvious that constantly working at the same pace will exhaust you, and you might want to take a break from your career. Most people misinterpret this feeling and consider quitting the job instead of taking a short break. You might feel that quitting the job will relieve you from this stress, but keep in mind, it’d be only for a certain period. Ultimately, you will regret your decision and start hunting again.

11. Wasting your energy on unnecessary things

You tend to forget your responsibilities and do needless works during your duty hours. Your work priorities are not set and you continue to run after something which is not your concern. This way you lack time for your important assignments and fail to accomplish them. Ultimately, your boss growls at you, and you can picture what you do next.


12. Avoiding socialization

Another major mistake is being unsocial. If you fail to speak to your group or remain dumb in a social circle, then obviously you’d be considered voiceless. Talk to your teammates and discuss your team projects. Assuming that you solely can take a decision is the wrong thing and it always takes you in the wrong direction.

13. Assuming your level 1 skills will work in level 2

You might have an incredible job in your previous position, but the same skills and level of effort might not work in your current designation. Being promoted to a superior position indicates what your company expects from your side. Put additional and productive effort to make your job done. If you work with the same old techniques, your employer will be never satisfied with your work.

14. Getting distracted by the ‘Greener grass’

All that glitters is not gold. If a company is offering you a huge remuneration that does not mean that you will be equally satisfied working there. You cannot determine your job with the power of money because money isn’t the key factor for a satisfactory job. The work environment should also suit you in order to stay designated for a longer period.

15. Not learning from failures

If you constantly keep making the same mistakes and never learn out of it, then you are good for nothing. Every failure that got some message for you, and if you fail to read it, you will never be a winner. And quitting a job for the same old reason every time indicates that you have learned nothing in your career.


Quitting a job is easy, and you might soon find a new one, but that should not be the pattern of your career. This is, in fact, a big drawback for employers and eventually, they will doubt your capabilities. So instead of committing these career mistakes, stick to one job that you are satisfied with, and not just in terms of money, but self-satisfaction.


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