Don’t be the guy who claims certain tasks are “not his job” or the guy who constantly shows up late, because that guy is not getting promoted.
A Careerbuilder study on more than 2,000 hiring managers and human resources professionals uncovered the top red flags when it comes to helping employees climb the career ladder.
Additionally, the survey also found which attributes would make HR professionals choose one job candidate over another, equally qualified, candidate.
As it turns out, having a sense of humour and being well connected to your local community is more important than you think.
Rosemary Haefner, CareerBuilder’s vice president of human resources, said the key to getting a job is by “selling your personal brand”.
“Employers are not only looking for people who are professionally qualified for the position, but also someone who is going to fit in at the office,” she said.
She adds the process doesn’t stop after one has secured a job. “You want to treat your current job like an extended interview for the next job you want in the company.”
The 12 biggest things stopping employees from being promoted:
1. Someone who says, “that’s not my job” – 71%
2. Someone who is often late – 69%
3. Someone who has lied at work – 68%
4. Someone who takes credit for other people’s work – 64%
5. Someone who often leaves work early – 55%
6. Someone who takes liberties with expenses charged back to the company – 55%
7. Someone who gossips – 46%
8. Someone who doesn’t dress professionally – 35%
9. Someone who swears – 30%
10. Someone who doesn’t say anything in meetings – 22%
11. Someone who cried at work – 9%
12. Someone who has dated a co-worker – 8%
8 surprising things hiring managers look for from candidates
1. The candidate with the better sense of humor – 27%
2. The candidate who is involved in his or her community – 26%
3. The candidate who is better dressed – 22%
4. The candidate whom I have more in common with – 21%
5. The candidate who is more physically fit – 13%
6. The candidate who is more on top of current affairs and pop culture – 8%
7. The candidate who is more involved in social media – 7%
8. The candidate who is knowledgeable about sports – 4%