TAP In with Tristan : 3 Lies That Are Hindering Your Career Growth

Tristan dives into 3 lies you’re telling yourself that are holding you back from growing in your career. In recognizing these myths for what they are you can move past some of your career progression roadblocks and achieve your goals faster.

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, let’s dive into 3 lies you’re telling yourself that are holding you back from growing in your career.

The first lie is if you keep your head down and work hard, everything will work out. While hard work is necessary, that is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to career advancement. You have to proactively build the right relationships, know how to market your skills and accomplishments, and learn how to advocate for yourself and ask for what you want. You can’t just passively sit by hoping someone will notice your greatness, that can only lead to frustration after being overlooked multiple times. You have to take control of your narrative and career or someone else will.

The second lie is that your background has to align perfectly to secure your next position. How many times have you read through a job description and you threw in the towel when you got to that one bullet that disqualifies you? Believe me, I’ve been there. But believe it or not, job descriptions are not the end all be all. In fact, they are simply a wish list of all the things a company believes would make an ideal candidate for the job. Instead of giving up, take the time to reflect on your experiences, skills, and abilities to identify how they align with what you want to do. This will help you convey your value to the potential employer. I always suggest throwing your hat in the ring as long as you meet at least 60% of the criteria in the description.

The third lie, is that asking for help is a sign of weakness. Whew, do many of us have this bad. Asking for help does not mean you are incapable or even bothersome. If we’re keeping it 100, the more successful you become, the more help you’re going to need to get to the next level. It is incredibly important that we not only build but actually take advantage of our network of support. In doing so, we don’t feel as alone and we can often fill in the gaps or achieve our goals much quicker.

In recognizing these myths for what they are you can move past some of your career progression roadblocks and achieve your goals faster.

This tip is brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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