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.”
Use social media in job search (LinkedIn) be careful about contents in Facebook, Recruiters search social media to reject candidates
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.
By teaching others, you learn yourself – also fantastic life advice
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 😉
Get a job son or get out!
Do something you love and you will never work another day in your life.
Don’t take things personally – it’s BUSINESS.
“Get a Job and be the BEST at it”
Accountability for my actions or lack of action.
My grandmother said to me many years ago, ok, no more career changes. That was about 17 changes ago. She was right.
You are always replaceable with someone else.
Stay out of recruiting!
Chase your hunger, take your family, be honest no matter what and always follow through.
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.
From my “old school” daddy… Dress for the position you want instead of the one your in.
Learn something new every day!
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.
“The only one that can turn you down is yourself, everyone else just wants you to wait a little longer”
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.
To let go of your fears.
Be passionate about what you do!
Go with your heart, do what you love, cause everything else will burn you out.
To go into HR….
Don’t share too much of your personal business at work or with co-workers.
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.
- Be passionate about what you do.
- Don’t be afraid to take risks (have a plan B to help alleviate fear).
- Be a stand-up kind of person.
- 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?