Frustrated with where you are, professionally? Worried that your business is not doing so great? Still dreaming of that career promotion? You might be doing a couple of things wrong, recruitment experts are saying. If you want to avoid career failure and improve your odds at success in the work field, ask yourself the following three questions and see if you’re falling prey to the common mistakes outlined below.
Do you believe in overnight success?
One of the biggest issues with today’s world, as repeatedly confirmed through countless experiments and neurologic studies is the problem of instant gratification. It seems that, ever since the industrial revolution onward, we as a race have become conditioned by our search for immediacy. We apply this need for ‘right now’ to all aspects of our life, from impulse shopping to the often desperate drive for career success. Unfortunately, it often comes to spell career failure, as many coaching and training experts will tell you. They recount being asked for that one magical piece of advice that will radically alter one’s life and put them staunchly on the route to success. What these recruiting and career professionals explain is that actual success is a life-long journey.
As such, stop wishing for the career fairy to pop up one day and grant you your one most ardent wish. In plain English, it’s not going to happen. There is no such thing as that singular career move, piece of advice, or influence that will make it all right for you. In order to attain success, you need to invest yourself wholly into the pursuit of this goal. Nothing worth having comes for free, or without hard work, where career matters are concerned.
Do you blame exterior forces for your career failure?
First of all, before you deem yourself a complete and utter career failure, take a good look at how you choose to frame your current professional standing. Perhaps you don’t believe you have failed completely – and perhaps by a certain measure you are right. You might be gainfully employed. You might have even gone out on a limb and started your own business. However, something doesn’t seem quite right. You can’t seem to be moving up on the professional ladder, or your business just doesn’t manage to get the sufficient number of clients to become self-sustainable. You know you’re pulling your weight around the office, but your current course of action isn’t quite cutting it. Now comes the big question: why is this happening?
Your answer to this question is crucial to your success, as well as to its apparent lack. If you are constantly victimizing yourself and chalking up your (relative) career failure to outside influences, such as the recession, the current state of the job market, or industry conditions, you are only setting yourself up for more of the same. Truly successful people also experience crises and negative external influences, but their mindset is completely different. They use adverse conditions as challenges to rise above, adapt to, and successfully navigate through.
Do you think skill is all it takes to avoid a career failure?
Think again. And don’t chalk this up to the current ‘shallow’ state of today’s society, in which those who network, socialize, and maintain important business contacts are the hacks. It’s great to believe in the force of your talent, aptitudes and skills. However, it is not enough to become a truly successful professional, no matter the field of work you have dedicated yourself to. For illustration, consider even the most ‘solitary’ professions, such as academic research, or creative writing. By and large, they involve an individual spending massive amounts of time alone, honing their skill and producing quality work. That work, however, is then issued forth into a world governed by social networks, both online and off-. It does not exist in a vacuum, but amasses responses, feedback, criticism, praise, etc.. Everything we do in order to further our careers is part of a larger scheme of things, in which people exist as social animals. It’s important to understand that socialization has always been and will always be important. Think of it as a complement to your skills and aptitudes, your very own marketing, advertising, and branding campaign. Skills alone are very important, but without the proper context, they will do nothing toward helping you avoid career failure.