Career Advice That You NEVER Need

The most liked and perhaps the easiest thing is to advise others. While advising others, we fail to consider if the advice is needed in the first place. Career advice is no exception. Most of the time, it is free of cost and in abundance. Once you sort out an issue relying on your vision, someone suddenly plays havoc with it by offering an opinion.

The unwanted advice creates confusion even if you try to ignore it. Obliviously such advice does not provide a solution to the issue. The conflicting suggestions sometimes make you double-minded. Your career is a serious matter to be taken care of. Every advice you get is not a solution but an issue itself.

You can not stop others from offering their suggestions. Your friends, family, colleagues, and career counseling experts always think that they can do a favor to you by guiding you through your career. They sincerely believe that they can help you succeed in your professional life.

Very rarely, you get a bit of truly-valuable career advice. Mostly the tips offered are misleading, provoking, and harmful to your career growth. Following are some points that you never consider in the name of career advice. 

Don’t be Stagnant

Career growth depends upon many factors. Hunting an opportunity is the most vital of all. Sometimes people around you will not like to see you grow. Be careful about the opinion of such people. Growth is prone to risks. 

Sometimes Job loyalty pays more than jumping over the opportunities. Organizational culture, traditions, and your position in the organization are the decisive factors to decide to stick or fly. Sincerity pays in the end. 

One Page Resume 

Your resume must be clear, concise, relevant having an impressive look. A one-page resume is a false myth. The concept of a one-page only works for the early birds. How a seasoned professional can condense lifetime achievements into a one-page cage? 

Linkedin profile is replacing the need for a traditional resume. Resumes, however, remain the most necessary document for a job application. Avoid all unnecessary details in your CV, but one page is no restriction to writing an impressive professional resume coupled with a neatly written cover letter.   

Career Gaps Are Bad

A sequence of careers is nice, but a career gap has no issue if suitably justified. Gone are the days when career gaps were considered a bad sign. In the changing times of the Covid crisis, people have reasons to justify a career gap. People have to take a break to travel, raise family, study, and many other valid reasons. 

The career breaks have no harm if you are prepared to explain them to your next employer. You surely can get the benefit of a gap if it has enhanced your skills and professional outlook. 

Make a Compromise

Necessity is not only the mother of invention but many other evils. There is no issue in compromising if it is not hitting your stance in life. Be honest with your ideas and stand. Another job will be yours if you leave for a truly justified reason. 

Believing in yourself is better than making a compromise. Do what you can do best. Honesty always is the best policy. Be honest with yourself first and refuse to compromise where your ego is not satisfied. 

Stick to a Long Term Career Plan

Eye on the sky is the best career advice you can ever get. Growing high needs consistency at all costs. Be not blurred with pouring in suggestions. Challenges make or break you. Making adjustments is the only way out. 

Attune yourself to the uncertainties of life. Your career is no exception. Never be rigid enough to get stuck in any situation. Be brave to accept challenges and adjust to changes. Change is constant alone, be it your career, personal life, or the world around you. Never miss an opportunity if you find a reason to make a smart career move. 

Make Your Passion a Profession

The luckiest are the people who find a profession that is their passion. It might be true for some people but not for all. Seeking an opportunity in the domain of your choice is not always possible. 

Getting what you don’t like in the first place is part of life. You enjoy the magic of working with odds once you learn to create a balance between wants and needs. Develop a liking for the work you do. Enjoying your work will help improve productivity. It will give you strength in your profession. 

Don’t Quit Without the Other Option

Quitting a job is not the decision of an employee all the time. Better if you make a calculated move by securing an opportunity before deciding to leave. But circumstances always do not allow you to do so. You can face an unexpected layoff. What to do then? Have no choice but to move out. 

Why not make the daring decision if a situation emerges to ask for that. Again the decision must not be emotional but a rational one. Forced unemployment can create many issues, but the choice of leaving on your own can open much better possibilities. 

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  • Umar Hayat
  • The author has rich management exposure in banking, textile, and teaching in business administration.