Cobwebs are a sign of staleness and usually found in ceilings but trust me cobwebs can grow in your career too if you â€˜stay putâ€™; content to do what youâ€™ve always done day in day out. Here are some tips for preventing cobwebs from stalling your career.
Avoid the â€˜day to dayâ€™ approach: When you think about your work-life only day to day, you lose sight of what you need to do today to better your future or indeed what the long term impact of your day to day decisions are likely to be. For example, if you are a supervisor wanting to become manager, you need to understand what is required of a manager and start demonstrating potential at that level; even find a mentor to guide you so that when an opening comes, youâ€™re ready to apply. Be smart day to day but strategic in planning your advancement long term.
Donâ€™t sit on your laurels: If one of your proudest achievements happened more than two years ago, youâ€™re courting cobwebs. Be proud of your successes but donâ€™t stay stuck reminiscing over them. Research shows that employers look at a CV for an average of 10 seconds so youâ€™ve got to make sure you have fresh accomplishments. Never settle, demand more of yourself and move to your next level so that you can present yourself always in a positive light.
Develop a spirit of excellence: Learn to do certain things very well so that you can always reflect excellence in some aspect of what you do. Continually acquire new knowledge so that you demonstrate you are abreast of trends or developments in your field. Be known as a person whoâ€™s principled, does their best and learns from their mistakes.
Treat everyone with respect: As they sayâ€™ what goes round comes aroundâ€™ and the power of what others have to say about you can make or break you. If you donâ€™t like someone for whatever reason donâ€™t let it show and donâ€™t say bad things about them behind their back- it could come back to bite you. Be gracious and generous with your comments about other people.
Now take action: Where in your career do you need some new successes?