The 8 biggest career mistakes young professionals tend to make

By on 05/01/2013

You’ve finally made it to the “real world” and found your first job. Congratulations! Before you dive into the working world, there are a few common pitfalls you should try to avoid.

1 – Afraid to Speak Up

Whether it’s asking for a raise, time off, or just voicing an opinion, it’s very important to stand up for yourself in your work place. The more confidence you exude, the more others will have in you, and as long as you do it in a respectful and professional manner, your colleagues will be more impressed than put-off by your assertiveness. Make sure to know your worth and not let your age or inexperience dictate how others treat you.

2 – Too Much Drinking at Office Functions

No matter how casual your office might be, do not get fooled into thinking you can have as much fun as you want at holiday or other office parties, dinners or any other events. It’s fine to loosen up and get to know your coworkers outside the office — in fact, it’s actually great for relationship building — but make sure you have your wits about you. There’s nothing worse than waking up the morning after an office event regretting what you did or said and you can not turn the clock back

3 – Goofing Off in The Work Place

You may think no one is looking or particularly cares about what you’re doing all day, but if you’re like most young professionals, you sit in a cube with your computer screen visible to all who pass by. So it’s important to limit the amount of time you spend on Social networking like Facebook and Twitter, personal email and other non-work-related websites. Even though your boss may seem relaxed, he’s not going to appreciate an employee who seems to care more about her or his friend’s status updates than her or his actual work.

4 – When You Are Dressing Inappropriately

Sometimes, it can be difficult to be taken seriously as a young professional. One thing that can either help or hurt you is how you present yourself. If you dress too provocatively, young or casual, you could be sending the wrong message to your coworkers. Just because you have it, doesn’t mean the office is the place to wear it. If you want to be taken seriously, dress seriously





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