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.