Career Tips You Need to Ignore

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When you first get a job, it’s like a free for all of the unsolicited advice. People who have jobs have so much to say. People who are retired have even more to say about it. Although some advice can be helpful, there is such a thing as bad career advice. This is especially true if the one giving out this advice is someone who knows absolutely nothing about the work you are doing. Even if they do, sometimes people have preconceived notions about how you should approach your work even if it’s wrong.

In the end, you may possibly make a mistake in your job because you followed the wrong advice. Although it is borne from good intentions, bad career advice if just that – bad. Here are some of the common career tips that you need to ignore:

Cut your resume down to size

Many people say that you should remove achievements that are not related to the job you are applying to. Ultimately, this is the worst advice anyone can give. Out of all the candidates who apply for a certain job, you all have the prerequisites. What you need is something that will make you stand out. So, don’t cut down that resume to the bare minimum. Keep it to two pages, but don’t delete that volunteer job you had or the skill that you think won’t be needed. Every skill and experience if applicable to any job.

Ask to be promoted

So you’re six months in and you’re feeling pretty good about your performance. Someone tells you it’s time to ask for a raise or a promotion. Do you do it? No. In this day and age, promotions are given out, not asked for. The only reason a promotion would be open is if the heads of the company open up a new position for the good of the company or if someone retires or leaves. With the number of employees any one company has, promotions are few and far in between. It won’t hurt to ask, but don’t expect it to happen. Wait for a decision from the company and just keep doing your best to show them that you are the ideal candidate for the new position that has just opened up.

Find a job that you love

No. The better advice is to find a job that you love later. We all need to pay our dues before we can make the most out of our careers. If you’re lucky, you’ll get a job that you love immediately. However, the most you can expect without any luck is getting a job that will help you achieve your dreams. You need to start somewhere and wasting your time looking for a job you love in an economy with very few career opportunities is financial suicide. Earn money, save, then find the job you love. Do it as long as you want until you find the job you love, but make sure you don’t go hungry along the way.

Send a friendly email, gift basket, or note to the person hiring you

No, no, and no. Sending a friendly email is not common courtesy. It’s more like sucking up. Some employers may appreciate it, but it doesn’t really give you an edge. Sending a gift basket constitutes as a faux pas and a possible legal issue with the company. Employers are not allowed to receive gifts from applicants. Experts say that you should send a follow-up email instead and thank them within that letter. This shows that you are honest, direct, and not just sucking up to get the job.

Tips for Achieving a Career You Love

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Generations before us were stuck with jobs that they did not like, but ones that they needed. In this day and age, we have more flexibility when it comes to choosing our profession. Still, there are times when we cannot achieve the jobs we would love to do. Writers become doctors. Doctors become entrepreneurs. Entrepreneurs become scientists. As appealing as all of those jobs are, if it’s not what you love, then there is a possibility that your career will not thrive the way you wish.

To find the job that you love and actually get hired for it, follow these tips:

Think about what you want to do

So you don’t like your job. The salary’s good. It pays the bills, but you wish every day that you didn’t have to get up because your job does not make your heart sing. So what does make you tingle inside? What is your dream? What is your skill? What are you so passionate about that you can actually make a living out of it. Find the answers to these questions before you take the next step. If your answers were wrong, take a look at step five.

Cultivate a plan

Before jumping the gun and leaving your work like those idiots in comedy films, you better make a plan before you start a new career. Leaving work is one thing, but leaving it without severance, savings, and insurance is another. If you want to follow your passion, make sure you have food on the table and electricity and water to get things done. To put it simply, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Just make sure you have a basket full of cash before leaving your job. Save before you find a new job.

Take the first step

Once you’ve saved enough so you can leave work, it is time to find the job you love. You can either start your own company, find an angel investor, or work for someone else. The first thing you should do is find the people that will help you do this. Look at job boards. Develop ideas for a business. Find people who will invest in your ideas.

Be proactive

It’s easy to say do this and do that, but you actually have to get up off your butt and act on what you want. If you want a certain job, train for it. If you want to open a business, study the market. If you want to apply to your dream job, get the prerequisites like another degree. In any case, do your best to get the job that you want.

Never give up

Finding the job you love is no easy task. There will be obstacles and no one will give you handouts – unless your family is rich. You will fail spectacularly and you will get up in the same way. You will do so again and keep repeating it until you finally get the job you always dreamed of. If it still hasn’t happened, don’t give up. Find another way.

Almost giving up, but not really

The probability of you not getting a job is very low. The probability of you not getting the job of your dreams is very high. So what do you do? You adjust. Find the job that you love and make concessions. Accept a lower salary. Commute to a farther workplace. Put yourself on a budget. Change your lifestyle. Do anything that you can to keep your faith because the reward is better than going back to a job you hate.