3 Things That Can Hurt Your Career

by - June 30, 2022

Hey Blog Fam

Trust we are all doing great and following hard after all that the Lord has placed in our hearts.

So, today’s post will be on career and my thoughts to fellow career professionals.

Whether you are a young professional or one who is a middle-level manager,  there are certain things I believe we are not expected to do in our professional life. Doing these things might not be bad in themselves, but they do not allow prospective employers to see you as being professional enough to bring on their team.

Without further ado, let's jump right into it... 

1. Lying About Your Reasons For Wanting To Join A Company 

Over the years I have spent in the corporate world, I have seen that when candidates are asked why they intend to leave where they currently work, they mention some reasons that are so far away from the truth.

As a candidate, one thing you should always remember is that your interviewers are human, and they can almost tell when you are saying the truth or telling a lie. Whatever reason you might have for seeking employment in a company, be as truthful as possible. 

Recruiters like your authenticity. And the corporate world is such a small place that if the reason you are leaving your current employment is that you were being told to forcefully resign, and you tell the recruiters that you are leaving because of the salary, there is a thing called workplace verification, your prospective employer might choose to do a background check at your last place of employment even before giving you a letter. 

Let it not be said that you lost out on a good job because you were being deceitful.

2. Changing Jobs Too Often 

This is another red flag that employers of labor are usually wary of. 

When your CV is perused or when you come for an interview, and the recruiter(s) begins to notice that you haven't spent a minimum of one year in the places you claimed to have worked before, it shows that you are not going to be an employee a company can grow with. 

If you change jobs too often, it might stop you from getting hired, as your prospective employers will interpret your changing jobs too often as meaning that you are not one they can build a company with.

Recruiting is a lot of work, and no organization or HR wants to go through all of the stress involved, get a candidate they think is the best fit for the job, only for the candidate to leave in less than six months of being employed. This will take the company back to having a vacant position yet again, and no one loves to keep recruiting, undergo training and induction, only for the employee to leave, so once they see you are not a person who stays in a company for too long, minimum of 2-3 years, it's likely you might not be considered to be hired. 

Exiting within a short time frame might not be a lot for the employee, but for the recruiter and the organization, it is a lot of work, and no one wants to do that too often, so rather than hiring a candidate who has a track record of always quitting, most employers will go with a candidate who is more stable and they believe they can grow with.

As a candidate, you might have solid reasons why you don't stay too long at a job, maybe the culture at the workplace isn't something you are comfortable with, or you feel that there are many politics at play and hence your reason for leaving. You can exit within six months of employment under extreme circumstances, but do not allow that to be the norm. 

To guard against exiting jobs too often, ensure that before accepting any job offer, make sure you are certain that you are making the right decision.  

3. Agreeing To Resume A New Job ASAP

This is another thing you might have been doing wrong. 

If you currently have a job as at the time when you went for an interview, when asked when you will be ready to resume, resists the urge to say as soon as you get the offer letter. This spells danger to your prospective employer. 

Under normal circumstances, when you are employed to work in an organization, when you are about to exit that organization, there are policies that you have to abide by. In some companies, it is two weeks' notice, in other firms, it is one month notice in lieu of one month's salary. 

So, when you tell a prospective employer that you are open to resuming ASAP, it shows something is wrong with your personal work ethics, and it communicates that you are ready to put your current employers in disarray which comes when you abruptly decide not to go to the office. Any wise prospective employer will most likely not hire that candidate because he has zero work ethic, and a few years down the line when he gets a better offer, he will also leave them without prior notice. 

If you are currently not working, then you can tell your recruiters you are available to resume ASAP, but if you have a job, then tell them you'll be able to resume in two weeks or one month (or whatever your company's policy is) after you have received your offer letter. This shows a loyal staff, and any employer will be willing to hire you if you display this character. 

So, let's go over what has been discussed, professionals don't lie about their reasons for wanting to join a company, don't change jobs too often, and they don't agree to resume a job as soon as possible.

I believe you have been able to learn a thing or two from today's Blog post.

There is so much light***

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