7 Career Lessons You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

December 9th, 2016

As humans, we are constantly growing and evolving. Regardless of the amount of training, education or skills we possess when entering the workforce, we all experience professional downfalls that simply cannot be predicted. Fortunately, the silver lining in tough career lessons is they are mistakes you will neither forget nor repeat. No matter where you are in your professional career, consider these seven career lessons you’ll wish you had learned sooner!

  1. Inadequately preparing for an interview. Always do your homework prior to each and every interview, and always follow up with a thank-you card or email, no matter how much interviewing practice you’ve had while on the job hunt.
  2. Being a “yes” person. While a can-do attitude shows ambition, it can also put you in danger of drowning in additional responsibilities, leading to dropping the ball. When extra hands are needed to pitch in on something outside of your usual scope, it is always acceptable to take everything into account before providing an answer and politely turning it down if necessary.
  3. Landing a job that makes you unhappy. If you find yourself in a well-paying job, but are unhappy each day, there is no shame in reevaluating your needs and searching elsewhere. A great environment, opportunities for growth, strong work-life balance and supportive company culture all factor into workplace happiness and motivation in addition to the financial benefits.
  4. Working with a difficult manager. You won’t get along with everyone you meet. Unfortunately, this can also apply to your managers. When working under the direction of a difficult manager, keep your discussions concise and on topic, and try to use them to your benefit in determining the type of leader you hope to one day become.
  5. Finding your dream job is not what it seems. This one is actually a fairly common occurrence. The benefit to learning your dream job does not live up to daily expectations is it makes you think about what you truly want to do and can ultimately lead you in a more satisfying direction.
  6. Managing your reputation. Building a reputation as a talented and hard worker is the best way to create a safety net for yourself. Your professional reputation may be one of the most valuable assets you possess.
  7. Learning to self-advocate. Whether it’s asking for a raise or promotion, you are your own best advocate. Speak up for yourself when it’s merited and track your accomplishments throughout the year.

Navigating a career is a learning experience with much to be learned. 1st Staffing Group takes pride in being Oklahoma City’s number one career building coach, helping qualified candidates land their next great job. Whether you have been on the job hunt for a while or are looking to make a career move, contact Midland’s job search experts at 1st Staffing Group today to make sure you put your best face forward!

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