how to ruin your professional reputation by Alison Green on May 20, 2013 Your professional reputation is enormously important; it’s what will make people want to work with you, hire you, and respect you as a colleague. And perhaps most importantly, it can be your safety net – getting you work when you need it, and putting you in a position where you have options and don’t need to stay in a bad situation or take the first opportunity that comes along. But it’s easy to squander this incredibly valuable resource, and it doesn’t take much to do it. Over at U.S. News & World Report today, I talk about eight ways to ruin your work reputation, including losing your temper, making commitments you don’t keep, quitting a new job a month in — or even before you start — and more. You can read it here. You may also like:can I keep my company truck when I leave to stick it to my company?is it okay to let your organization manage you out of a job you hate?will I ruin my future if I turn down this job?