6 Common mistakes when building a career.

Blog located in Working in Canada posted on December 6, 2012

Mistake #1: Choosing to compromise and not following your heart
Passion is one of the biggest factors in success. When you choose a career you love, you take charge of your career. You find solutions, you become resilient and you are committed to your success. When you are emotionally connected with your career, you invest in your personal growth and you care for a sustainable partnership with your network and clients.

Mistake #2: Put your career on cruise control
Don’t underestimate yourself. Believe in your abilities. Take charge of your career. Don’t overlook opportunities that would make you feel uncomfortable. Many clients choose to remain in their job by fear of the unknown. The trade-off in being in a different role is huge. You get to learn new things, you build your self-esteem, you become more creative, and the list goes on…

Mistake #3: Not having a plan
How can you know where you are going if you can’t decide how to get there? Choose a timeline, develop milestones. Make yourself accountable. You should be able to meet those deadlines. You chose that path after all. Ask yourself: Where do I want to be? When? What do I need to do to get there? Who do I need help from? What kind of environment do I like to work? Without a plan, you might not like where you end up.

Mistake #4: Not being impeccable with your word.
In his book “The Four Agreements”, Miguel Ruiz says ‘the word is the most powerful tool you have as a human; it is the tool of magic. But like a sword with two edges, your word can create the most beautiful dreams, or your word can destroy everything around you’.

Miguel Ruiz wrote this book in 1952. His words stand very true today. Specifically in this Social Media’ day and age. Be impeccable with your words online. Make sure you are not writing something you will regret later.

Mistake #5: Not having a personal Brand
If you don’t brand yourself, other people will. If you don’t have a personal Brand, you disappear. These days, networking and the digital technology are venues you need to use. A personal Brand allows for a consistent message so people can recognize you. It’s your personality, your voice, your interests, everythng about you that you want people to know.

Mistake #6: Disregard further education or training
When making decisions about your career, you need to identify your needs and relevant interests, values, skills and abilities. What are you good at doing? What do you hate? What are the requirements of the new job? Are you willing to go back to school? Get a coach? Attend seminars? If you don’t nurture your skills, if you don’t stay in-the-know of the latest and greatest of your industry, you will be overlooked.