What are the worst career advice that people have received which almost damaged their career?.
How do you identify the right career advice that can help you advance in your career?
Should you take an advice because it was given by someone you know or should you take an advice that has been proven right or wrong?
This is why we have assembled the best career experts to share the worst career advice they have ever heard or been given.
If we know what will not work, then it is fairly easy to be do the right thing to be successful. Right?
The Worst Career Advice Everyone Should Ignore.
1. Hard Work alone Equals Success
One of the worst advice everyone should ignore is the advice that “hard work alone equals success”. According to Yuval, hard work is needed for success but hard work alone will never be enough. Life taught me you need more than that to succeed. You need to work not only hard but smarter and more consistently.
2. Aim for the stars. Even if you miss you’ll land on the moon:
If coronal emissions don’t vaporize you, the lack of air on the moon will crush your dreams. Aiming for stardom along with everyone else simply increases competition. Better career advice is to find the road less trampled where you can enjoy a career not crowded with dozens of other applicants.
Also, dreams make excellent side jobs, but without truly exceptional skill and luck, playing guitar or drawing paintings on a street corner won’t pay the bills.
3. Not taking a job because you feel you are better than it:
Let me share the story Barbara shared with me as we discussed her career. Once during her career as the Vice President of Corporate Development and Training for a major New York management firm, she supervised the college internship program, which offered the potential of full-time employment.
While several interns did evolve into permanent employees, there was one particular young man who did not. In response to the program requirement to establish and maintain a filing system, this young said, “My father told me that if I want you to respect me, I shouldn’t do low-level tasks like filing.”
This unfortunate career advice, and the entitled attitude that accompanied it, resulted in a poor review for this intern, and my inability to provide a positive reference.
The flip side of this worst career advice is this best career advice, which I have found to be true for all positions and in all careers: You will move ahead when you are perceived to be a worker who eagerly fulfills the responsibilities of your current position, and who consistently looks for ways to contribute greater value.
4. Marriage means an end to a fulfilling career
Father’s seems to be the one who we turn to for advice regarding a lot of things especially careers. Dr Sarah Brown, who retired early at early as managing director at Accenture where I was responsible for a lot of Talent Management Outsourcing work for our clients globally got this advice from her father.
Her is what she had to say. “The worst career advice I ever received was from my father. As I confided in him what I was considering and what I thought I would really love doing, he asked me, “What are you spending all this time and energy thinking about this for? You are only going to work for a few years until you get married.”
I did not get married until I was 40, and I would have wasted 20 years if I had not put energy into thinking about and researching what would be good choices for me. I made some good choices and some mistakes in my 30+ year corporate career.
Now I think I can help others short circuit those mistakes AND focus from the beginning of their careers on what will bring them joy.
5. One size fits all
Every bit of job search “common knowledge” is useless! Everyone’s story is different; “one size fits all” advice hurts more than helps. This is what Marilyn has to list as the worst offenders:
- Resumes should not exceed one page in length.
- Resumes should contain full work history.
- Under each job, list the tasks assigned.
- Resumes should be written in full sentences with detailed descriptions of each item listed.
- Times New Roman font is preferred for resumes and cover letters.
- Cover letters should contain detailed expressions of all accomplishments (college, work, volunteer activities, etc.).
- Be sure to end resume with “References will be furnished upon request”.
- A LinkedIn profile is nice to have, but not necessary – prospective employers prefer to see your resume.
- Use job boards/postings exclusively in your job search.
- It’s pushy to ask friends and past colleagues for contacts or introductions.
- Send out as many resumes as possible every day.
- Create a generic resume and use it for every job application.
- Apply for jobs for which you are under-qualified. The hiring manager may like your resume so much that they will waive certain requirements.
- Your skills, education, and experience are enough to get you hired.
- Don’t waste time on social media.
- Attending professional meetings and networking events is not necessary.
- You should spend at least 4 hours a day checking job boards and employer websites. It’s OK to watch TV while doing so.
- Manage your own job search. No need to contact your college/university Career Services department.
6. Be the regular guy
For every job advert, there are over 100 applications. This means the competition keep getting higher. Been just yourself will not give you a competitive edge in the job market.
Instead, be the best self you can be. Don’t just be your regular, flawed, messy, late, relaxed, basic self. You don’t have to be someone else, but you need to be the absolute best you possible.
7. Money is not important
Leah conducted this same research to find out what worst careers advice people have ever received. According to the questionnaire, mainstream people recognized “Money doesn’t matter” advice as one of the most misguided suggestion that came their way.
It is well-known that the main goal of working for mainstream people is to earn a lot of money. It’s naive to think people aren’t motivated by money, but that doesn’t mean money is the only motivator.
To earn a lot of money is as important and effective motivation to work hard as a lot of other aims. It really gives something to strive for and motivates when days feel boring, tasks feel repetitive, when you feel like you have 100 things to do on your checklist.
We all know money doesn’t buy happiness. But still, everyone wants to be paid enough to live comfortably. And if you’re producing good results for your company you should be paid well.
8. Focus exclusively on your field of expertise
This piece of advice is really a killer. The idea that you should focus your career on one particular market and ignore the rest is massively counter-productive in today’s fast-moving economy. Technological progress is constantly removing the barriers between different professions, and creating countless opportunities to apply your talents in new business areas.
Do not make the mistake of restricting your own opportunities. Do not commit the error of narrowing your career ambitions to a small, circumscribed market.
9. Look for a company that can offer you a career, not just a job.
According to John Vespasion,This is the most old-fashioned advice that you can imagine. If you follow this strategy, you will limit your career possibilities unnecessarily.
Do not fall into the trap of expecting any one company to provide you lifetime employment. If that happens to be the case, wonderful, but your should remain realistic and recognize that lifetime employment is nowadays the exception, rather than the rule.
Do not waste your time trying to pursue an almost impossible goal. Instead, why don’t you focus your efforts on getting a really good job that will also enhance your resume, and open other career opportunities later on?
One of the ways to grow is to know what to ignore and what to practice. There you have it, the top 9 worst career advice people have received and why you should ignore it.
Now over to you, what worst career advice have you ever received and what did you do? Share in the comments
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