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Can social media hurt your career? Beware of these pitfalls….

18 Dec

Social media is flourishing with prospects. Majority of the corporate professionals today make full use of social media platforms to network.

Interacting with other professionals will enhance your career and elevate it to new heights. However, for some unfortunate ones, it could mark the end of their careers.

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Avoid these 7 social media blunders to be a part of the former group.

  1. Badmouthing your work or manager

Saying bad things about your boss or your job, particularly on a public platform, is never a good idea. Do you think your boss can’t see your posts? Well, your co-worker might forward it to him. While a single comment may not seem to hurt your career today, it could end up haunting you in future. What if your future prospective manager sees it and decides not to employ you? Badmouthing your boss whether current or previous is never a way to go.

  1. Sharing your recent employment offer

Always remember that employment offers are mostly confidential and just because you have an offer in hand, there is no guarantee that you may actually get it. If you violate the discretion, your manager may perceive you as unreliable and cancel the employment offer.

  1. Plagiarizing

The biggest mistake you can do to sabotage your career is to plagiarise. Plagiarism is totally intolerable in the corporate world. It is similar to saying, “I’m unskilled and idle, and I have zero reliability!” This is not only true for your professional account but holds equal significance for your personal accounts as well. Are you sharing an article? Cite the writer. Putting up a photo? Give credit to the photographer.

  1. Using SMS Language

While it may not seem to be a big deal to use SMS language on your social media page, it may actually have a negative impact on your career. It seems convenient when typing on your phone or fitting into a 140 character tweet, however, it can seriously affect your spellings and grammar which are crucial to professional communication.

  1. Sharing Offensive Content

You could lose your job if any content that you share insults another individual. Avoid posting unpleasant remarks even if pun is intended.

  1. Posting Obscene Photos

Your photos reflect who you are. Posting an obscene photo will negatively influence your reputation in the workplace. Moreover, there are some countries where alcohol is prohibited and if you happen to live there then please respect the norm. Even if you are over 21 and have full right to individualism, uploading a photo with a glass of alcohol could cost you your career.

  1. Making fun of your clients

Similar to badmouthing your manager, insulting or making fun of your clients can have a negative impact on your job. Numerous virtual stories have gone viral about waiters who took photographs of meager tips and uploaded them on social media only to get sacked for such an act. Complaining about clients only portrays your corporation in a negative light that no manager would tolerate.

Heard of any social media incident that sabotaged somebody’s career? Share with us. Let’s learn together to avoid such mistakes!

 

5 Ways to Say NO without Feeling Bad

23 Oct

Do you often regret saying ‘yes’ when people come to you asking for a favor because you are too quick to say yes and too hesitant to say no? Well, it’s time to learn to say NO! Read on and master the art of refusing politely.

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As someone who is leading a professional life with a hectic schedule, you may already have your plate quite full of chores and which is why you need to think before you agree to any point thrown at you. There is a fine line between helping others and being exploited by others and you need to recognize that line, for your own progress.

To be an efficient professional, you sometimes need to take a step back and say “no”, even if the demand comes from someone superior to you in the workplace. Saying “yes” to every single prospect can be disrupting and demanding, particularly when your own timetable is already over-flooded with responsibilities and appointments. Addition of more tasks merely to gratify others can make you overwhelmed which will eventually make it hard for you to satisfy these requests in the end.

How can you say NO in a polite and professional way? Here are a few ways to help you practice the art:

1. Ask Time for Considering the Offer

If you think there is a slight chance you might regret saying yes, ask for more time. Say something like “Let me think a little about it”. Doing so helps you gain some time to consider and think things through before making your final decision.

2. Appreciate the Gesture

If someone tries to involve you in a project or take your help in executing an idea, do not blurt out a yes or no instantly. Appreciate them by being positive or by complimenting them slightly. Enhance their confidence by giving positive remarks about the idea and then ask for exemption from the project.

3. Express that You Already Have Commitments

If you consider that the offer is something which may be useful for you in the future, you can keep your way open by saying something like “I would love to assist you in the task but I have a few plans for now”. This helps in getting the offer again in the future, in case you would like to do a similar project in coming days.

4. Show Willingness

To be polite, you need to show the willingness to accept the offer, particularly if the offer comes from a superior. Highlight the demands of your current, busy schedule in a way that it does not seem like you are complaining about the workload and then say no.

5. Be Straightforward

If nothing works, just take a deep breath and deny in a straightforward manner. Start your sentence by saying “Sorry, but I can’t be of assistance”.

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Got any more ideas to say NO without sounding like a snob? Please share with me!