Crowdsourcing Career Advice

by The Red Recruiter on July 18, 2011

Battle of the AlamoAs I took the first few sips from my coffee and the caffeine rushed to my brain, a thought crossed my mind…

There is a ton of career advice out there, but it’s usually only shared when it’s needed and, under most circumstances, it only applies to the particular scenario presented.  Rarely is the advisor simply asked, “What is the best career advice you’ve ever received?”

Wouldn’t this be the really good stuff?  Isn’t this the wisdom that propels people into successful careers and happier lives?

Having spent the majority of my career in recruiting, I’ve developed more than a few thoughts around this one, but I decided to run an experiment by asking my networks… to go fishing for those golden career nuggets that have made a difference for others.

Immediately after sending out the question on Twitter and Facebook, I started receiving responses… and a wide range of them.

Here are some of the responses:


Zukx Ute Blindert

Never lunch alone!

JeffreyTMoore Jeff Moore

Remember that when people change jobs it’s one of the hardest and most important decisions they will make. Respect that.

JulianaPerez Juliana Perez

“Your lack of planning is not my emergency.” Rob Cary Pet Resort

TheIglooOven Jeff Phillips

Treat every job as though it is your most important

SupeRecruiter Morgan Hoogvelt

“Don’t seek money, seek greatness and the money will follow”

Megan_Calimbas Megan Calimbas

You alone are responsible for gaining the skills you need to succeed

SeanMcL216 Sean McLaughlin

That drive is the most important thing you can have.

troytoman Troy Toman

“You will never be given the perfect job. You have to make it.”

gctmadhumitha Madhumitha

Use social media in job search (LinkedIn) be careful about contents in Facebook, Recruiters search social media to reject candidates

Jess_SATX Jessica

Whatever you decide to do, be happy doing it!

recruitergirlMN Andraya N. Thompson

Go with your instincts. All the best decisions are made from the gut.


Theresa Radford

By teaching others, you learn yourself – also fantastic life advice :)

Jackie Davis

Don’t be afraid to take risks – Someone very wise told me to have a backup plan that is totally realistic and that you’d enjoy, I said I’d be a waitress in a small town by the water somewhere, rent a tiny cottage, live minimally, read, do creative stuff & drink wine whenever I felt like it. Then she told me to think of that anytime you’re afraid of taking a risk and it will make it a whole lot easier 😉 It works like a charm.

Side note – Awesome advice Jackie!  Some of the best I’ve seen 😉

Isidro Sid Gutierrez

Get a job son or get out!

Jon L Long

Do something you love and you will never work another day in your life.

Jess McCoss

Don’t take things personally – it’s BUSINESS.

Diane Skullr

“Get a Job and be the BEST at it”

Andrea Lalinde

Accountability for my actions or lack of action.

Audrey Chernoff

My grandmother said to me many years ago, ok, no more career changes. That was about 17 changes ago. She was right.

Deb Bauder-Mamon

You are always replaceable with someone else.

Sue Webster

Stay out of recruiting!

Chris Hoyt

Chase your hunger, take your family, be honest no matter what and always follow through.

Lorrie Anne

Be impeccable with your word. Be flexible, willing to learn, and be genuinely nice to and interested in people – whether fellow employees or prospective clients. Always look at people in the eyes, and have a firm handshake.

Lisa Nordell Barber

From my “old school” daddy… Dress for the position you want instead of the one your in.

Shawn Johnson

Learn something new every day!

Sarah Wilson Gonzales

Sometimes you have to leave a job to grow personally and professionally. Don’t be afraid of change, embrace it and let it increase your value.

James Mayes


Jeff Gladish

“The only one that can turn you down is yourself, everyone else just wants you to wait a little longer”

Jessica Hernandez

Keep a diary/log of all the ways your go above and beyond when it’s time for review/salary increase request. It’s so easy to forget all the ways you work hard day in and day out. If presented respectfully, and not like a martyr, it will definitely reveal to your boss/employer all that you do.

Jeanie Long

Have integrity.

Rayanne Thorn

To let go of your fears.

Kathy McAfee

Be passionate about what you do!

HireCentrix Karen

Go with your heart, do what you love, cause everything else will burn you out.

Christina Blair Bell

To go into HR….

Robin VanderGalien Eads

Don’t share too much of your personal business at work or with co-workers.

Heather Polivka

While others will guide, advise, and offer their expertise…You are the only one who is 100% accountable to manage your career.

Thanks to everyone who contributed their thoughts!

If you’ve ever worked a job in your life, you probably have an opinion on this topic.  Plain and simple, there’s a ton of perspectives out there on how to create, maintain and succeed in a career.  A simple search in the Amazon books section on “Career Advice” returns 16,765 results.  Popular for sure!

So, here’s what I took away from all the advice that came back.

  1. Be passionate about what you do.
  2. Don’t be afraid to take risks (have a plan B to help alleviate fear).
  3. Be a stand-up kind of person.
  4. You’re in charge.

Plain and simple, if you cover these three, you’re probably in great career shape!

I enjoyed this little crowdsourcing experiment.  It reminded me of some good points and I hope that you can take something away from it too. 😉

If you didn’t have a chance to add your advice, I’d love to hear from you!

What’s the best career advice you’ve ever received?

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