6 Destructive Moves to Avoid As You Follow Your Career Path

If you want to succeed in your career path, there are certain things you should do, and some things you should avoid. Here are six career moves that could be destructive and that you should avoid.

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Just as there are tried-and-true career paths and ways to ensure you enjoy long-term success in your career, there are some practices you should avoid if you want a rewarding career. Here are six destructive career moves to avoid as you chart your career path.
  1. Not keeping your skills up-to-date – Failing to keep your skills up-to-date could find you one day looking up and discovering that your job has been eliminated or that you have been replaced by someone more in tune with modern technology. Once a year, conduct a skills inventory. Learn what new skills you should be developing, and make a plan to acquire them. Find out your unique learning type with this quick assessment
  2. Failing to have a career plan – Chart your career path from beginning to end. What does it look like five years from now, and ten years from now? What should you be doing now to obtain those goals?
  3. Not building a personal brand – Your personal brand is what you bring to the table to improve your employer's brand. Know what your value is, and take the time to create a personal branding statement.
  4. Being hard to get along with – There may be times when you should be firm and assertive in protecting the boundaries and limits of your job, but if you develop a reputation for being difficult to work with, you'll have a hard time getting and keeping a job. 
  5. Underperforming – Know the expectations of your job and strive to exceed them. Underperforming on any job will kill your future career prospects. If you're unsure about your goals, leverage the SMART goal approach to define that with your boss.
  6. Failing to have a career conversation with your boss – Start a career conversation with your boss. You'll get a better idea of what you need to do to improve your skills and performance, and you can chart a career path that is beneficial to both you and your employer.
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