You are ambitious and want to get on in your career. Right? Ask most people this question and most will say that they want to get on in their career and achieve success.
Trouble is that it is easy to say that you want to get on in your career. Yet often what people say and what people do is different. Sometimes it is really easy to find that rather than moving forward in your career you are stuck because you are making excuses.
So which of these 7 excuses are you making that are getting in the way of you getting on in your career?
Excuse #1: There Are No Opportunities
It certainly is tougher than it was say 6 or 7 years ago. For that reason you have to be a lot more targeted about what you apply for.
Excuse #2: I Don’t Want To Work Long Hours
There is always a difficult balance to be struck. You don’t want to be doing so much that you are ineffective. At the same time only being willing to do the minimum is unlikely to be enough.
Excuse #3: I Am Just No Good In Job Interviews
Few are really good in job interviews. Most are okay. Some are poor. Being good in job interviews is often more about how people prepare than it is what they actually do in the interview itself.
Excuse #4: Your Face Has To Fit
Without doubt the more senior you become the more important fit with other colleagues matters. This is very different to making a sweeping statement that you have to be in with the in crowd to get on.
Excuse #5: I Would Focus More On My Career If I Had More Time
Everyone has exactly the same amount of time available. It is how you choose to invest in it that makes the difference. You will be surprised just how much difference even a small amount of time allocated consistently to your career progress will make.
Excuse #6: My Company Does Not Support My Development
This is more common than you think. Many companies support only certain groups of staff. Yet whether your company supports your development or not, you can still make it a priority. If you are a member of a professional body for example you can get access to a lot of free or low cost continuing professional development.
Excuse #7: There Is No Point In Busting The Gut
You certainly don’t want to make yourself ill. On the other hand you don’t want to be going along in automatic pilot. It’s vital that you are really contributing if you want to get on in your career.
The Bottom Line: Getting on in your career does not happen by chance. You have to decide to take control of the results you achieve.
Duncan Brodie helps accountants and professionals achieve more career success. You can sign up for his free report, The 7 Biggest Barriers To A Successful Career In Accountancy here.
Since 2006 I’ve worked with in excess of 8,000 accountants and professionals in workshops, seminars and one to one helping them land their next jobs and become better leaders, presenters and business partners. Before that I spent 25 years in accountancy climbing the career ladder from Payments Clerk to FD. I’m a CIMA Fellow, Certified Professional Coach and Team Coach Facilitator.