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Defending Yourself Throughout Your Career

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We can often fall into the trap of thinking that if we don’t seize and accept every single opportunity, we are failing to make the most of our careers. Of course, taking a direct approach with purpose can help us achieve more than we ever thought possible. But it’s also important to never let this open mind impede you, especially when encountering difficulties you might not have bargained for.

Like it or not, you will have to defend yourself throughout your career. For most, this will only be a small matter, to rectify now and then.

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Like it or not, you will have to defend yourself throughout your career. For most, this will only be a small matter, to rectify now and then. Disputing an HR claim might come up after an insensitive and clumsy joke went awry but had little venom in it, for example. But for some, defending themselves within their career is much more prominent than they might like to admit. Let’s see how those people could help themselves, or how those who are tired of being taken advantage of could potentially rectify this situation. We hope the following advice helps you tremendously.

Rights

Know Your Rights

Pore over your contract to understand your necessary obligations. But also your rights. Understand your general workers’ rights, what the benefits of a union could provide for you, and how you can dispute certain unfair treatment. For example, you might be heavily encouraged to not cause a fuss over wrongful dismissal. 

That doesn’t mean you should. But those who are unaware that they can fight this often will not, or feel as though their testimony will not matter. Knowing your rights is important. When you know the legal parameters you operate within, you know exactly how to fight back, or to ensure things operate smoothly. For example, an excellent employment attorney can help you dispute claims relating to a personal injury, helping you claim the compensation you actually deserve. This can prevent mistreatment from being swept under the rug. That’s very important.

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Use The Shield Of Professionalism

It can often be tempting to forge connections with people at work and try to network overbearingly. But it’s important to know that people in glass houses always need to open the door. Those thinking of using you for career advancement, of taking your expressed ideas and running with them, or undermining your authority because you have left no sense of personal mystery can leave you in a vulnerable situation. Always use the shield of professionalism as your personality at work. This can help you avoid false situations being reported to HR, it can help you maintain your professional reputation, and it can also help you seem stronger than you might be. There’s no reason to give everything away.

Know Your Worth

Knowing your rights is essential, and knowing your worth is the natural follow-up. Don’t be afraid to look around for more competitive packages at other firms. Understand that your worth is in flux, and so attending placement and training courses. Don’t allow other staff members to talk down to you without reported repercussion. Know your worth. It’s essential to doing right by yourself.

With these tips, we hope you feel stronger in your lifelong employment.

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