Are you doing a good enough job of protecting your career?

Unfortunately, some people put their careers in jeopardy at times. When they do, they can be out of a job before they know it.

With that in mind, what are some things you need to steer clear of in protecting your career now and down the road?

Don’t Wait Until it is Too Late

In trying to avoid messing up all you have worked for, here are three things that can jeopardize your career:

  1. Not being responsible – It goes without saying that not doing a good job can cost you. That said are you doing all you can to give it your best shot? Employers like workers who’ve got a good attitude and put their skills to use in the workplace. If you only give a part of yourself in the workplace, it is not enough. Employers also like employees willing to be team players. Take the time to show you are a team player in will do what is best for the company. This can mean working past your normal schedule of hours. It can also mean providing input at company meetings. Do whatever it takes to show you are invested in your job and the company.
  2. Having issues with the law – Another strike against you is if you are in trouble with the law. With that in mind, it would be good to ask yourself do I have a warrant. Is there a chance that something in your legal past could come back to haunt you? The warrant could be for anything from unpaid traffic tickets to failing to have shown up in court. Remember, the last thing you want to have is you end up getting arrested on the job or while out meeting with a client. You can use online sites to research your legal matters. See if in fact there is a warrant out there with your name on it. By being pro-active on this, there is less of a chance you will get a nasty surprise moving forward.
  3. Being a distraction in the workplace – Last, if you are going to stand out, make sure it is for all the right reasons. You do not want to be a distraction at work for all the wrong reasons. This means you are not part of any office drama. It also means you are continually showing up late for work. By going in and doing your job without too much notice, chances are good you stick around for the long haul. Most owners want to avoid distractions in the workplace. That is especially those that can lead to office morale issues over time. Do all you can to avoid being someone that the boss has to keep their eye on all too often.

In doing all you can to keep from jeopardizing your career, it often comes down to commonsense.

So, are you doing all it takes to keep your job as safe as possible?

If not, now would be a good time to get to work on it.