The statement that will kill your promotion chances

If you want to get promoted, whatever you do, don't ever say, "That's not my job."

CareerBuilder recently surveyed more than 2,000 hiring managers, asking which behaviors (aside from job performance) keep them from promoting an employee. Nearly three-quarters of those polled (71%) listed hearing "That's not my job" as a red flag.

Other do-not-dos:

  • Someone who is often late - 69%
  • Someone who has lied at work - 68%
  • Someone who takes credit for other people’s work - 64%
  • Someone who often leaves work early - 55%
  • Someone who takes liberties with expenses charged back to the company - 55%
  • Someone who gossips - 46%
  • Someone who doesn’t dress professionally - 35%
  • Someone who swears - 30%
  • Someone who doesn’t say anything in meetings - 22%
  • Someone who cried at work - 9%
  • Someone who has dated a co-worker - 8%

Wow, I am never getting promoted.

Rosemary Haefner, vice president of HR at CareerBuilder, says the study is a cautionary tale that personality plays a big part in not only getting you a job, but also in keeping it and advancing.

"Employers will continuously assess personality, performance and behavior when considering prospects for promotions," she says. "You want to treat your current job like an extended interview for the next job you want in the company."

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