Brand Yourself as a Positive, Serious Person is one of my favorite career sites.  They do a great job providing useful, common sense information about life and career success.  This article focuses on what not to say at work if you want to get ahead.

These 12 certainly are all things to avoid.

Numbers 9 and 10 really got it for me.  My college days are long past — I graduated in 1972 — and my big drinking days ended way back in the 1980s.  But when I read this advice, I realized it was something from which I would have benefited way back when.

I was a party kind of guy in college — social chairman of my fraternity, a rugby player, all around fund guy.  My partying continued as a young professional.  I worked hard during the week and hit it hard on the weekends.  All in good fun, right?

I might have thought so, but what I didn’t realize was that people at work (especially the people who counted) were also hearing about my fun times.  At the time, I was working for a very large company in a rather small town.  Everybody knew everybody else.  I would arrive for work on Monday and my boss could tell me where I’d been and who I’d been with all weekend.

I had branded myself as a party guy — not someone serious about his career.  This resulted in my not being taken seriously.  It also killed my chances for a couple of promotions.  I had to leave that company and start over somewhere new.  Fortunately, these mistakes were early in my career and I was able to rebound from them.

The important point to remember here is that you always want to present yourself as a serious professional.  Avoiding the 12 topic areas in the article above is a great way to start.

Your career mentor,


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