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What's Your Career Reputation? Yes, It Matters

April 09, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 100

You probably haven't thought about that word- reputation- since high school. But isn't a good reputation key to almost everything you want to accomplish in your career? Think about someone you know who is a person of great integrity, who you would trust completely, BUT who is not good at what he does professionally. He is most probably in the wrong job, or has just lost his passion for his work. The reason doesn't matter. Just ask yourself whether you would recommend this person professionally? Of course not, that is, not if you value YOUR reputation.

Now, think about someone who is outstanding in what he does, BUT, you know that he is not to be trusted. That's also not someone you should recommend, right? Certainly, reputation matters in all parts of our lives.

When your name comes up, what are people saying, or not saying, about you? You know, they are saying something.

"Tim's great at project work if you can get him to show up on time."

"Lucy is great to have on your team if you can handle all of her drama."

"We can get Grace in our department? Grab her before someone else does!"

And you? Are you professionally competent? Of good character? And if not, what can you do about it? None of us are perfect, certainly. And no one is everyone's cup of tea, nor should you strive to be.

But it does make sense to stop and take inventory once in a while. What are the key relationships that you have that contribute to or have contributed to your career success? Do you know what your reputation is with those people?

It might seem uncomfortable, but if you don't, just ask! Questions around what those people see as your shining skills, or even asking them to tell you ways in which you could be more effective are great ones. Sharing your career goals, then asking others who know you well professionally what they see as your strongest qualifications for, and your potential barriers to achieving them is another good way to get feedback.

Don't let those career goals be derailed! You've worked too hard to let something that is fixable trip you up. Make a point of really considering your reputation not only from your perspective, but from the perspective of those who are most critical to your success. Like it or not, it matters.

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