As a career coach, I’ve met so many job seekers, professionals, and even high-ranking executives who end up realizing that they have allowed themselves to end up in an unfavorable career path. You must be asking why. Well, apparently, they never anticipated that time will come when they may have to search for a job again. They actually thought that the career track they have chosen is a stable and reliable one.
Here are some signs that you’re on your way to a career suicide:
1. If you’ve been working with your current employer for quite a long time already , but you can’t identify at least one accomplishment outside of your job role and responsibilities, this means that perhaps, you’re not even thinking of your career progression.
It’s not enough that you’re doing exactly what your job requires you to do. More importantly, you should allow yourself to grow not just in your job, but outside of it. If not, you will find it hard to feel any sort of satisfaction with your career.
2. If you’re not aware of any of the current trends in your industry, or other opportunities for you out there , you’re definitely missing a lot! It’s not a good sign if you have become attached from the real world. Even if you feel secure and stable in your current job, you should still pay attention to the kinds of traits employers are looking for. You will need this information in case you decide to look for another employer. This may not be in your plans, but still, you’ll never know what’s going to happen in the future.
3. What do you do when you’re contacted by recruiters? Do you ignore them because you’re happy with your current boss? If you’re doing this, you’re making a big mistake! Keeping a good relationship with recruiters will be beneficial to you in the long run. You need not communicate with them on a regular basis, but you should at least return their calls if they’re trying to reach you. As mentioned earlier, you would never know when you’re going to need their help.
4. As a professional, you need to continuously improve your knowledge and skills. That’s why it’s very important that you consider continuing education even when you’re employed. Also, there are a lot of opportunities from learning aside from going back to school. Whenever you find one, make sure you grab it because it can only make you marketable in the workforce.
5. If you don’t know where your career will end, you’re in big trouble! Career planning is essential in ensuring your professional life. The best thing you can do is work with a career coach who can help you figure out how your career will progress.