Best of the Rest: Career Advice

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Career advice can come from pretty much anywhere… and it seems like everyone has a few tips to offer. As you might guess, a lot of the same advice gets repeated over and over again. This doesn’t mean great advice isn’t out there; it’s just harder to find. But don’t worry about any of that – you’ve got a guy.

I’ll be compiling the best pieces of advice and the most relevant trends I find to make sure your job search and career don’t miss anything. You’ll find a new post with new tips and trends every two weeks. Let’s get started!

1. One of the best times to start your job search? When you don’t necessarily need a new job. That’s right – just *wanting* a new job is reason enough to start looking even if you’re gainfully employed. You’ll take your time and weigh offers more carefully than usual.
When To Start A New Job Search via Forbes

2. Dilbert creator Scott Adams reflects on his success but focuses on his failures – in fact, he says his many failures are the reasons for his successful career. Along the way, he offers up a few pieces of advice he was given over the years including:
- Always be looking for a better deal. “Chances are that the best job for you won’t become available at precisely the time you declare yourself ready”
- Looking for a job isn’t something you do only when necessary. It’s a continuing process.
Scott Adams’ Secret of Success: Failure via The Wall Street Journal

3. Statistically speaking, Monday is the best day to apply for jobs. A recent study found that 30% of applications submitted on Monday advanced in the hiring process. The worst day to apply for jobs? One of your favorites – Saturday.
Don’t Hate Mondays… via Quartz

4. 1/3 of employees report they are chronically overworked. The effects aren’t limited to your on the job performance – they’ll take a toll on your personal life and your physical well-being. Sure, occasional overwork may be a necessity, but “chronic overwork leaves everyone, employees and managers, in the dust.”
Don’t Treat Your Career Marathon like a Sprint via Harvard Business Review

5. There are a few ways to approach that feeling of being stuck in your career. Doing nothing is always an option, but networking more is a far better one. The more you learn about the jobs and the world around you, the more you’ll grow personal and professionally. “Understand that what is important to those with control over your fate is different than what you might be delivering.” And don’t just limit networking to people in your industry.
How to Break Through a Career Impasse
via Harvard Business Review

6. A recent CareerBuilder study showed forty-four percent of employers research their candidates on Facebook, and with a recent change to Facebook’s privacy settings, you’ll be a lot easier to find.
Everyone Can Search for You on Facebook Now via The Atlantic Wire

So what did we learn?

  • Your job search should be a continuing process. You should never let a job search affect the work you do or your output, but you should always be looking for that next opportunity and that next chance to grow.
  • Don’t be afraid of failure; it’s what success likes to hide behind.
  • It doesn’t pay to procrastinate. Find ways to make your job search a continuing process and don’t feel bad if you take the weekend off—you’re just playing the numbers.
  • Everything you’ve heard about work-life balance is true. And take small breaks when you can. They really will increase your productivity.
  • It pays to develop professional relationships outside your career group, sector, and industry. The broader your professional network, the better.
  • Don’t just post a status update or tweet because. You never know who is going to see it.
One Comment
  1. What if you like your work and your company and you have been doing for over 15 years and would like a Change?  What do if you are not sure what you really want to do next. I feel it’s time for a change.  I want to leverage my experience but branch in something new?
    Sincerely,
    Experienced but Not sure what to do next

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