If you’ve ever felt stuck in your job, or been passed up for a promotion that you think should have gotten, it might be a sign that you’re not as good at your job as you think you are. Learn how to tell if you’re unknowingly sabotaging your advancement at work.
1. You do the bare minimum
If you think doing what is asked of you is enough to get you recognition and promotions, think again. You’ll have to go above and beyond, constantly acquire new skills while on the job, come up with innovative ideas, lead high-visibility projects, and advocate for yourself to ensure that your manager, team, and others know you are making these moves.
2. You don’t achieve your goals
Goals at work can come from management or be self-imposed – if you’re not getting close to reaching those milestones, it’s a sign that you need to step up your game. If you’re not delivering on your projects and priorities, you may need to think about stepping up your game.
3. You need constant direction
If your boss is constantly telling you how to do things that are central to your role, it’s a subtle sign that you’re not doing as well as you think you are.
4. You feel defensive
There is always room to grow and develop, so if you get defensive when given constructive criticism, rather than implementing it, you’re already not doing your job well. Try not to ignore feedback, or you’ll find yourself stuck.
5. You’re uninterested
Ultimately, your job should play to your strengths. If you have no real interest in the field or industry you’re in it will reflect in the amount of effort you put into your job.