2010 Career Challenge: K = Knob

By Skip Lineberg

As a young professional, you may be called a Newbie or a Newb. And that’s okay.

A nOOb, however, is someone (often a rookie) who knows very little, but has no desire to learn more. nOObs often expect others to do the work for them, yet still want to claim the praise and the glory.

Being labeled a nOOb is bad, but a knob is worse. Knobs are cocky and off-putting, but lack the presence and perspective to identify their own gaps or weaknesses. In a knobshell, these folks don’t know what they don’t know, but operate as know-it-alls.

So if you want to become more successful as a Newb, don’t be a nOOb, but if you want to keep your job, definitely don’t be a knob.

Note: This is Part 11 in a series called the “2010 Career Challenge: Becoming a Rock Star from A to Z” by Emily Bennington and Skip Lineberg, co-authors of Effective Immediately: How to Fit In, Stand Out, and Move Up at Your First Real Job.

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