Worst Career Advice Ever

By AJE Recruiting Specialist
America’s Job Exchange

Worst Career Advice EverJust because someone else says it doesn’t necessarily make it true. With the plethora of advice available on the Internet in regards to seeking a new job, or advancing in a current position, one might have a difficult time deciding whom to listen to. Unfortunately, there are just as many pieces of bad advice as there are good, making the colossal project for job seekers even more difficult. Here are some examples of "bad" advice, as well as the opposite course of action that should be followed.

"Know when to give up." Each and every naysayer will have his or her own personal timeframe of whento "give up" on the job search. The only truly correct answer, however, is: never. Unfortunately, none of us can see the future and find out whether or not the career we’re chasing will ever truly reach fruition. But the important thing to remember when looking for a job is that hard work and perseverance usually pay off, even if it doesn’t appear to be true in the short–term. Staying on track with your job search, no matter how hard, will help you reach success.

"Get a real job." Define real job? That’s the downfall of this piece of advice. Everyone’s definition will be different based on personal experience. This is arguably the most often suggested idea for those feeling lost and confused in their professional lives, and looking for alternate sources of employment due to lack of opportunities. Is a freelance career a fake job? Does going from full–time to part–time employment constitute career failure?

The only way to truly combat this advice is to consider whatever it is that you are doing as your real job, even if it doesn’t seem like it. Even if you feel like your current career path is "going nowhere," working leads to more work. Do not discount a position because you feel that it will not be labeled as a "real job." This is a mistake.

"Wait for them to call you." Who knows how many other applications there are, their resumes sandwiching yours in a seemingly endless pile of paper that will most likely not be carefully sorted through. You, the seeker, are responsible for following up with the company and inquiring about the status of your application; you can’t simply sit back and wait for a phone a call. Be proactive and be sure to devote as much time as possible during your job search to follow–up with any and all prospective employers. Follow–up via phone, email or connect via social media.

As with any advice, the key is being able to separate the bad from the good, and to follow your own intuition when necessary. There is no "right time to give up," no solid definition of a "real job," and no point in simply "waiting for them to call you." A successful job search takes perseverance and a willingness to do whatever is necessary to achieve your goals.

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