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Stumbling Blocks: 8 Mistakes Many Fail In The Job

8 Mistakes Many Fail In The Job | FP Executive Recruitment

On the way to working life, there are so many stumbling blocks. This already starts with the fact that the initial situation is not the same for everyone. Children from poorer households are still disadvantaged. However, there are many things that you can do wrong yourself. Especially job starters, but also job changers commit mistakes that can break their neck in the end. So just to make sure this does not happen to you, we have collected the most common stumbling blocks for you ...



Stumbling blocks that should not be


Some things turn out to be stumbling blocks for which you can do nothing yourself. Disadvantage and discrimination experiences are familiar to many people.  the Anti-Discrimination Act is already trying to prevent such a thing in professional life.


For example, it has long been known that first names can affect the grading of teachers. Those who assume a migrant background or a precarious social background are more likely to lead to poor grades. Voilà, first stumbling block, which brings a rat tail on further consequences with it:


Poor grades equal to worse grades equal school graduation, possibly even dropout. What sounds like a horror scenario is, unfortunately, a thousandfold reality. Migrant children or workers' households are more likely to have a hard time and are more likely to drop out of school.


Even your own gender can be a stumbling block, for example, for young women who have difficulty finding a permanent position. Some employers minimize the risk of losing a young employee as a worker in the foreseeable future because she becomes pregnant.


All of these are individual requirements that can have a detrimental effect. Frequently they lead to the fact that those affected often bite even harder in professional life, bring along a good deal of volition.



Personal shortcomings as stumbling blocks


Of course, companies are looking for someone who can complete the necessary tasks. But expertise is not everything. We are looking for an employee who fits into the team and the company. For HR professionals this is often a balancing act because on the one hand too homogeneous teams are a danger for productive creativity. On the other hand, you do not want to get a troublemaker into the house.


Applicants say that they must first deal not only with the company but with their own personality. Self-reflection and an honest strength-weakness analysis support this. And this is not just about technical qualifications, but also about social skills.


This is exactly the problem: Compared to one's own weaknesses one is usually blind, one depends on feedback from others. If that does not happen, the blame for one's own failure (or at least stumbling) will be sought from others.


However, such behavior is immature and in the long run unhelpful. Anyone who does not progress professionally always gets on with others eventually has to take responsibility for their behavior. This is not always easy or pleasant, but a sure path for change.


When it comes to one's own behavior, the question often arises: is it still a harmless faux pas or already a great mishap? It depends not only on the personal rating but also on some circumstances. Because even small faux pas can have negative effects on the whole.



Many fail because of these 8 stumbling blocks


The good news: those who have already heard of these ten stumbling blocks have a greater chance of discovering them in everyday life - perhaps even with a colleague who sensitizes you at least for such mistakes. This list also helps to avoid the first warning signals from colleagues or friends so easily overlooked and so ideally still be able to take countermeasures in time.


These stumbling blocks are always to be observed:


1. Inaccurate career choice


High-sounding dreams have many. Well-founded planning is not always behind it. This already starts with the choice of career. Many high school graduates sit down much too late and dodge time by opting for a degree - but here too the first best is often chosen, the main thing the annoying confrontation with their own goals and the question of how they are feasible, is spared.


It can work, but it can also go bad: Aborted training, drop-outs or a job that you only do because it promises you the necessary security.


2. Insufficient career planning


It can also prove a stumbling block if you have made the right choice with the industry but have not thought beforehand about how it can go on. Anyone planning their big career usually toying with a big company.


This is basically not wrong, especially since the change from a small to a large company later difficult. What is often forgotten: In large corporations, there are often several levels of hierarchy, rigid structures, and complicated decision-making. Those who prefer something more familiar and who value flexibility and creativity, as well as flat hierarchies, are better served by a smaller company.


3. Bad observation


How good or bad a new employee fits the company is usually only apparent during the probationary period. What is often forgotten: The two parties serves to get to know each other better. And it should be used by you to carefully observe your surroundings.


The job interview is a special situation, which is usual or frowned upon in everyday working life, only becomes apparent when work begins. It is important to develop a sense of corporate culture. Anyone who simply thinks that they can all do something because all colleagues are about the same young/old makes a clear faux pas. It is similar to the company-specific dress code.


Even running into a suit or a dress while everyone else is wearing casual looks just as weird as it does the other way round. Such things are not catastrophic per se. You can become a stumbling block with other mishaps, so you will not survive your probationary period because you are perceived as "different."


4. High self-esteem


A classic stumbling block is an overconfidence. They thought you already had the job in your pocket and are a bit too confident of victory - that's it. This happens to applicants who were able to convince, for example, in the first job interview and then receive an invitation to a second appointment.


Not infrequently, however, the second job interview is underestimated. In the first one, the focus was still on checking the career stages on the basis of the CV, and then the second conversation is focused on what is needed.


This is often reflected in the changed composition of people, although it may as well be that the same people are present as in the first interview. The challenge now is to have familiarized themselves in advance with the job and its requirements in order to be able to adequately respond to technical questions. Important: always refer to individual elements of the job advertisement.


However, anyone who believes that they have a secure employment contract misses just that.


5. Strong arrogance


A typical beginner's mistake is this stumbling block: Fresh from the university, many career starters believe that they are superior to their colleagues, some of whom have been sitting in the same post for years. Equipped with the latest findings in their field, they are clearly in the advantage. What many forget: Gray is all theory. In the company is worked in reality, there is a tough competition against the competition, the market is very well observed.


Also not to be underestimated is the professional experience, here the principle of seniority applies. "Old hands" already know some great ideas that have long since been recited by others and ultimately proved to be a pipe-breaker. On the one hand, from the perspective of the long-established, it is annoying to be underestimated so much. On the other hand, it is not uncommon for newbies to fall heavily on their noses.


Such stumbling blocks can be avoided by watching more closely, especially in the early days, and behaving reluctantly towards other team members. Even if they are hierarchically below you, the company and internal processes know better than you and know what works and what does not.


6. Poor networking


Linked to social skills is networking. Some people find it difficult, they do not care to approach strangers. The friends who have them, they have already met at school and many of them.


What seems sufficient at first glance becomes a stumbling block when it becomes difficult to work. Occasions for this can be industry-specific problems, for example, due to digitization. Or a company must file for bankruptcy. Or you come in a quarter-life or midlife crisis and question your job.


That's the latest time a bad network takes revenge. Friends and family can not always help, but professional contacts ensure that you are aware of new developments in the market (both positive and negative) at an early stage and can react accordingly. Not least, it is often vitamin B that protects against unemployment.


7. Excessive expectation


This stumbling block has two sides, which has a negative effect on your job. One side is associated with too high expectations of others and life in general. Due to a more egocentric perspective, some people believe that they simply have more than they actually get.


This triggers permanent dissatisfaction, which is reflected in relations with other colleagues. Anyone who often complains about his situation and associates with the lawsuit that he deserves something completely different - more money, a better car, more recognition and the like - indirectly implies that others are underperforming.


So you shoot yourself out because you do not make yourself so popular with your colleagues. And most likely, your performance will then be scrutinized. If you can not deliver then it's hard to get out of this number.


8. Exaggerated perfectionism


Various forms of arrogance are harmful, one's own perfectionism can be just such a stumbling block. Not only that it leads to procrastination as a side effect. If you still want to improve and add something, you get a problem with deadlines.


The whole thing is often a consequence of too low a self-confidence: Possible errors are exaggerated, the view for the realistic extent is obscured. In the final analysis, this easily leads to self-exploitation through overtime. So again, the recovery on the track, which can lead to poorer performance in the end, so the absolute opposite of what you originally intended.