Career advice comes in all forms — from lessons found in articles to suggestions from friends and family, for example. Some advice is better than others, however. The new class of LinkedIn Top Voices in Job Search and Careers explains in the latest edition of #GetHired the best career advice the’ve learned and taught to others. It ranges from being your own best advocate to safeguarding your mental health. Also, knowing that opportunities arise throughout a person’s career, making it OK to miss one or two along the way.
- What’s the best career or job search advice you’ve ever received? Tell us in the comments here.
What is the Best Career Advice that I’ve received?
Well, it was just something someone said to me.
At the time I didn’t know how it would affect my life.
But they told me…
CONSISTENCY WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE.
Over time, I started to see the difference that my consistency made in my career.
The consistency of working, learning, and sharing my story allowed people to find me and connect with me because I was apart of their journey!
It allowed me to become a LinkedIn Top Voice!
We all know the saying..
It’s now WHO you KNOW but who KNOWS YOU!
I’d like to think that no matter where you are, what you are doing, and what point in life you are feeling stuck in.
Being consistent can help you go from last to first in a blink of an eye!
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Some of the best career advice I’ve received so far is, “Control your own [career] destiny, or someone else will.”
Think of it another way. Your career is the vehicle. To get to where you are trying to go, you must:
(#1) SIT IN THE DRIVER’S SEAT. If your career is feeling stagnant, it is because we are sitting in our own PASSENGER seat, the BACK seat, or we are stranded on the side of the road while someone ELSE has borrowed (or highjacked) our car!
(#2) TURN ON YOUR GPS. Know where you want to go, plug in a destination, and follow the directions!
(#3) PUT THE PEDAL TO THE METAL. Don’t be afraid to put the car in DRIVE. Some of us are sitting in reverse—too nostalgic about what used to be, rather than focused on what could be.
(#4) FOLLOW THE DETOUR(S). When a door closes, be THANKFUL. That route wasn’t meant for you. May have been detrimental for you. Don’t get stuck trying to make a path at what should be a detour!
Finding a job in today’s market has been challenging. But don’t give up just yet. There are jobs out there, especially if you know where to look.
Some advice to keep in mind:
– Keep applying and make your application stand out
– Highlight your skills (Are there any new skills you picked up during the pandemic? This is great to show on your resume!)
– Use your network to reach out to fellow alumni, friends or family members
If you’re a 2020 grad or lost your job during the pandemic, this article by my colleague, Sarah Foster has some great tips.
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It’s a Catch-22 for jobseekers on the hunt for a position right now.
On the one hand, the U.S. economic rebound from the worst of the coronavirus pandemic in March has blown past expectations. But on the other, infections are now soaring again, leading to renewed restrictions. With federal support waning and uncertainty elevated, firms are likely bracing for subdued spending and demand while drafting their hiring plans for the rest of the year.
What can jobseekers do to find a position during the coronavirus pandemic? Here’s Bankrate’s tips:
Here’s How To Find A Job During The Coronavirus Pandemic | Bankrate
What’s the best career advice you’ve received?
For me, it was: take control of your career or someone else will.
Many of us are taught to be passive in our careers, that if we just keep our head down and do what we are supposed to do, the work would speak for itself.
While this may have been solid advice years ago, in 2020, this is the quickest way not to land the job or to end up stagnant in your career.
Never rely too heavily on others to notice what results you drive, what value you bring, and your impact in the workplace.
If you want to land that job or advance your career, control your career narrative by mastering the art of self-advocacy and self-promotion.
Check out the comments for additional info to help you out in this area!
🎥: LinkedIn News
I can still picture sitting in the tiny kitchen of the house I grew up in. My parents and I were catching up on one of my long weekends home from college.
I’d just signed up to become an independent beauty consultant to earn some cash while going to school and my parents were envisioning the possibilities of where the endeavor could go.
My parents could sure dream big… my mom would say, “Imagine if you made it to director level and earned the trip to Hawaii and a pink Cadillac!”
My mind started to picture the possibilities.
When I pursued a PR and Communications degree my dad said, “I could see you on stage as a motivational speaker one day.”
When I began my Masters degree last May my Dad texted me, “I’m so proud of you, you can do it, Dr. Hernandez – it will be a PhD next.”
The greatest career advice I ever received wasn’t something someone said to me, it was something they modeled for me.
My parents taught me to celebrate how far I’d come and to dream bigger.
They’re the reason I’m unapologetically ambitious and why I’ve been so successful. Because they took the time to invest in dreaming with me about how far I could go.
What’s the best career advice someone has modeled for you?
Who dreams big with you?
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Navigating your career can be tricky. So many people giving so much advice that might not be relevant or helpful to you.
However, the absolute best career advice I have received is actually from my Grand Father when I was young.
He always said, “life is too short to stay in a space that no longer serves you.”
I have always implemented this. When a job has more cons than pros, I know it’s time to leave it. I always keep a pros and cons list for all most jobs. Sometimes, it’s the toxicity, sometimes it’s the fact that it won’t push me forward.
There is also weight given to each pro and con. If there is only 1 con, but that is weighted heavily, I take that into account.
I think this is a piece of advice most people can follow, if something/someone no longer serves the purpose in your life, there is no reason to force it.
I remember at the age of 17 feeling the pressure to choose a university degree which would define a life-long career path.
But I didn’t know what I wanted to do and it didn’t feel right to restrict myself to one area of specialism.
Our careers and lives can sometimes feel like an ever-narrowing path where we learn more and more about less and less.
However, I think sometimes the opportunity lies in broadening out, gaining skills and knowledge across a broad spectrum of interests.
The best career advice I’ve received is from my husband Joel who encouraged me that all of my seemingly unrelated skills and areas of interest could be combined to create a career path which was uniquely mine. That’s how The English Meeting Room was born.
We don’t always see how all our experience ties together but that doesn’t mean that it couldn’t lead to something great.
In response to the honour of being named a LinkedIn Top Voice last week, I’ve been asked to share some of the best career advice I’ve received.
Here are some insights from my community and myself:
🌟 Follow your natural strengths and the rest (fulfillment, impact, money…) will follow
🌟 Don’t get overly attached to a long term 10-20 year career plan. That no longer exists – the world moves too fast. Design and plan your career in 5 year sprints and learn how to stop, reassess, pivot and move forward.
🌟 Whatever the decision, always choose to be a good person
🌟 Leadership is not hierarchical – you can lead and influence any time
🌟 Don’t compare yourself or your progress to others. Focus instead on creating your own lane for success and one that’s in line with what’s truly important to you – Tiffany Uman
🌟 Enjoy the journey. The destination is not the goal. The ride is the fun part – David Jack Olivier
🌟Always be honest with yourself about what you are not great at and employ people who fill those gaps – Karen Tisdell
🌟Channel your mindset! Unlearn everything you think you know about what you’re capable of – Jenny Eastwood
I can’t wait to hear yours in the comments!
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When I first decided to go out on my own and start my own executive resume writing practice, I was also starting a family. One of my biggest challenges was finding a way to meet the needs of both high-demand roles simultaneously.
When things got tough — and trust me, they often did — I told myself I needed to find a better way to achieve balance!
Then I read a post from a local mompreneur that said that sometimes we are needed most onshore and that opportunities were like waves: another one would always come along.
It rang true. I did not have to chase and ride every single wave. It was okay to let some waves roll by as I tended to the things that mattered on the shore.
There would be more waves, more opportunities.
This career advice taught me that it wasn’t balance that I needed, but a blended focus of my time where it mattered most. It would, and could, shift – and that was ok.
Accepting the blend has helped me grow both personally and professionally.
This year, during the pandemic, I’ve found myself reflecting on these wise words once again. I’ve had to step back to the shore more to help my family – but I’m still getting to ride some waves. I’m better at blending.
What’s the best #careeradvice you’ve ever received?
Back on campus today! Not as a student but as their coach this time.
My career has gone through so many different paths to get to here. I chased after every shiny object I saw at the beginning:
🚀 My dad was an engineer in Bangladesh so I figured that technical gene must run in the family. I was wrong after a few Calculus classes.
🚀 Facebook went public in 2012 and there was a huge rush for software engineers. I took my first Java class that year and it was the most grueling 10 weeks of my life.
🚀 Some of my best friends were getting paid amazing salaries at top Consulting & Banking firms. While I am thankful for that experience, my heart was never in it from the beginning.
The best career advice I ever received came from my dad. He told me: 𝗶𝘁 𝗱𝗼𝗲𝘀𝗻’𝘁 𝗺𝗮𝘁𝘁𝗲𝗿 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗱𝗼 𝗮𝘀 𝗹𝗼𝗻𝗴 𝗮𝘀 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗲𝗻𝗷𝗼𝘆 𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝘀𝘁 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗰𝗮𝗻 𝗯𝗲 𝗱𝗼𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘁.
If I just listened to that advice, I would have found myself in coaching & training all along. But that’s no fun either. 😛
As I’ve learned along the way, there is no “right” career path. Everyone has their own journey!
Thanks to Andrew Seaman for encouraging the #LinkedInTopVoices to share their stories!
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“Sometimes I’ll start a sentence, and I don’t even know where it’s going. I just hope I find it along the way. Like an improv conversation. An improversation.” ~Michael Scott
Translation: even if you don’t know exactly how to do it, do it anyway and figure it out along the way.
This quote perfectly sums up some of the best career advice I’ve ever received. Different words. Same meaning.
I think we spend a lot of time overthinking our career moves, holding ourselves back, when we could just raise our hands having the confidence that we’ll figure things out.
Growth is not without risk.
If you want to become a leader, you’re going to have to step up for some opportunities where you can build your leadership skills.
If you want to make a career transition, you’re going to have to do work in that new career.
If you want a promotion, you’re going to have to take the plunge and pitch yourself even when you haven’t done the role before.
There’s always some element of uncertainty in all work. But what’s certain, in my opinion, is that you’ll be able to figure it out.
Disclaimer: I do not endorse Michael Scott’s approach to interviewing. Please prepare for your interviews.