Best Career Advice I’ve Ever Received
Whether you’re looking for your first ever summer job, launching your career, or making a career change you have probably received some valuable advice on how to succeed. There are many different strategies we can focus on related to our career and job search, but these vary depending on your industry and stage in your career.
I have worked directly with millennials looking to start their career as well as more experienced employees looking for a career change or a job that is better suited to their interests and passions. By working in this field for over 5 years, I have both given and received my fair share of career advice.
No matter where you are in your career, I wanted to share with you some of my best advice that I’ve either given or received. I could go on for days but my 2 biggest pieces of advice are:
1. Don’t be so hard on yourself – Time and time again I see young inexperienced students being really hard on themselves when they aren’t successful in landing their dream job. It is so difficult to really see and appreciate just how competitive the market is and how truly challenging it can be to find a job. The more effort you put in, the more it will pay off! But don’t expect that coming in with little to no experience that you will land the perfect job. You need to be happy with the opportunities that do come along. Any experience, whether in your desired field or not, will build up your skills and you should be proud of it. Be resilient and persistent in your search and don’t let failures get you down!
2. Network, network, network! – When I was fresh out of University, I had no idea what this meant and how important it can be. The majority of jobs are in what we call the “hidden job market” and are often found strictly through referrals. It’s not fair to the rest of us, but this means a lot of jobs are secured through networking or connections. What can you do? Build connections out in the community and at companies that you would want to work for, and use those relationships to your advantage when you need it. LinkedIn is a great tool for this so be sure to stay tuned for my post on how to leverage this site!
I’ve also teamed up with some amazing fellow bloggers to share with you some of the best advice that they’ve received.
“If something scares the hell out of you – leaving your job, changing career paths, anything – do it. The best case scenario is you get what you wanted. The worst is that you conquered a fear and tried.”
– Allison, Owner of Blog Love
“When you feel like giving up, it’s time to push harder because success is near.”
– Tracy V. Allen from www.tracyvallen.com
“When assessing a job posting to determine if you should apply, ask yourself one simple question: would I genuinely be excited to work here, in this role? If the answer isn’t a resounding ‘yes’, move-on. You are doing yourself a favour by being selective. You will only be successful, motivated and a welcome addition to the team if you are truly excited about the job. Passion shines!”
–Amanda Cortens, Food Blogger & Recruitment Professional from peppersandpennies.com
“In life, I believe that you find what you look for. Same goes for finding the perfect job. Be very specific in what you want, and it will come.”
– Kristen, Polished on Purpose www.polishedonpurpose.com
“The best career advice I have ever received was from a classmate in my undergraduate senior capstone class. We were talking about applying for jobs and I was telling him I feel like I am in 100 places. I did not know my ‘dream job’ and I loved the sounds of quite a few and that scared me! What if I ended up in the wrong place? What if I was unhappy? I felt like in that moment I should have known EXACTLY where I wanted to go, and what I would be doing. He smiled and said, You may think you are all over the place, but that is the best place to be. I was frequently self-conscious of how my ideas for future careers changed every time the wind picked up. As silly as that sounds, everyone has been/will be there at some point in their lives. There is no reason to be down on yourself for not knowing what you want to do. There is also no shame in having too many things you want to do. Nothing could be better than being passionate about everything. Specialization, relatively speaking, is a thing of the past. Employers are looking for people who can wear multiple hats and excel at them all. So, as I pass on my classmate’s wisdom I share to you that, the best place you can be is all over the place because you never know where it will take you! Although it may feel scary, tremendous things can happen when you facilitate outside of your comfort zone!”
– Sarah Beardsley, Relaxed and Rugged relaxedandrugged.weebly.com/
“The best career advice I received was about starting well, when you start a job on a good note (being punctual, hardworking, etc) that’s what everyone notices and even when you falter people make excuses for you. When you start a new job or career being tardy, lazy or full of excuses even when you shape up people still have the image of when you started etched in their memory.”
– Chiomah from www.chiomah.net
“This may sound wayyyyyyy oversimplified, but the most valuable career advice I’ve ever gotten was, “do something you love – there are always ways to make money.” I wish I had gotten this advice sooner! I feel as though while I was always encouraged to work hard to be successful, success always equaled a paycheck, a full-time position, a 9 to 5, benefits, etc. NOT necessarily joy. NOT necessarily happiness. NOT necessarily fulfillment. Those things were an added bonus but not the direct goal… and I think that mindset was backward. I’m now doing something that I feel completely passionate about, and even though I’m making only about 50% of the income I was when I was employed full-time, my quality of life has exponentially increased. I can always walk dogs, bartend, tutor, babysit, etc. if I need some extra funds. But I’m no longer a slave to a paycheck.”
– Colby Marie Z from sexloveandallthefeels.com