8 Moments that Can Make or Break Your Career

Issue 11-13-17   |   Reviewer:   Bob Cohen, MBA


1. Your first one-on-one meeting with a new boss

Your first private meeting with your boss will set the tone for how you two work together and understand his or her expectations.

2. Your first "yes moment"

There comes a moment for every employee in which your manager asks you to make a last-minute request for which you are not prepared. While your immediate response may be to say no, you need to say yes to move forward in your career.

3. Your first screw up

It's important to admit you were at fault and what you plan on doing to rectify the issue to show that you are aware of your mistake and are taking responsibility.

4. Your first performance review

It's up to you to make sure you take credit for your work. Document your achievements monthly — big or small—  to prepare yourself for an annual review or more casual meetings.

5. The first time you ask for a raise

The first time you ask for a raise could set the course for how much you make over your entire working life.

6. The first time you negotiate

The first time you negotiate, you may not be asking for a raise. It could be more about perks as the result of a promotion. Be prepared with supportive information and demonstrate that you can ask the hard questions.

7. The first time you quit your job

It’s unlikely that you will in the same job forever. Knowing how to handle your departure with professionalism is as important as when you were hired.

8. The first time you hire someone

Being in a position to hire someone shows that management puts a lot of trust in your judgment of character and skill. If that person fails, it’s on you. So, make your decision wisely and carefully.

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