Mistakes You’re Making That Let Your Dream Job Slip By

Mistakes You’re Making That Let Your Dream Job Slip By

Still wondering why your dream job is still just a dream? The common mistake, made by many of us, is hoping for things to happen instead of constructing a successful plan and making them happen. “In today’s workplace, it’s not your manager’s job to make sure you have the necessary skills you need to advance; it’s yours,” says Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew, co-authors of “The New Rules of Work“.

The New Rules of Work


This book by Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew might be the harsh wake-up call you needed to kick-start the progress of your career.


‘The New Rules of Work” provides you with a professional insight that Cavoulacos and Minshew gained during their own career paths while working as the COO and CEO of the careers advice and job listings site The Muse.



Browsing Job Openings


The common mistake that stops the process of your career growth, is waiting for the manager to randomly offer the promotion. The authors recommend persistent tracking of new job openings.


Even if you have a job, browsing sections of skill requirements would help you to create a better vision of skills you might need to achieve in the future.

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A possible promotion often comes with some new challenges and constant work improvement. Before applying or hinting at a promotion, first make sure you’re ready for it!


“Professionals who stay upwardly mobile don’t let years go by without thinking about the next step; they constantly keep their career trajectory at the front of their mind,” says Alexandra Cavoulacos and Kathryn Minshew.



Learning From the Experts


Another successful technique discussed in “The New Rules of Work” is going trough the LinkedIn profiles of people who already hold positions you want. If you consider taking up the position, learning from experts is always a good idea.

Check their skills and experience and compare it to your own – in order to achieve their level you might need to take some classes or do volunteering work first. “Proactively pursuing the learning you need to take your career to the next lever,” the authors write, “is what differentiates great professionals from average ones.”



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