Our career path is strewn with advice gleaned here and there from colleagues or bosses who are not always the most clairvoyant. A list of the worst advice to give or receive in the world of work.
1. Apply anywhere… You never know!
Popular wisdom has it that in order to get a job, you have to send as many applications as possible. This strategy does not pay off, as a generic application does not attract the attention of recruiters. It’s better to target companies and positions that match your profile and put the effort into getting yourself noticed.
2. Resign if passion is not there
If there is no love between you and your work, the most common mistake is to quit in order to have more time to find a new job. Be patient and wait until you get that new job before you leave. Leaving in a hurry could be detrimental not only to your resume, but also to your wallet… especially if the dream job doesn’t show up on time.
3. Working less
All the workers have already heard: “Don’t overdo it, the others look like they’re not working. “Although you have to respect the rhythm of your team, working less to please others is not recommended. However, make sure you can keep up the pace in the long run, otherwise, find a compromise between your cruising speed and that of your colleagues.
4. You have to start somewhere
Even though times – and the world of work – are hard, workers, especially younger workers, should not accept just any job at any price, on the pretext that they have to start at the bottom of the ladder. Accepting a job for which you are overqualified or far removed from your career goals may be a temporary solution. It is when this “temporary” becomes permanent that the situation becomes an insurmountable problem.
5. All it takes are contacts…
We’ve all experienced this situation: at a networking evening, a person puts his card in everyone’s hands without showing up. It’s better to develop strong business relationships than to sprinkle your business cards around. Also make sure you master the networking skills you put forward. It’s not enough to know people, but to deliver the goods competently!
6. Ask fewer questions
We spend more than a third of our lives at work, so we might as well be aware of what’s going on. If a co-worker or boss suggests you ask fewer questions, that should be a wake-up call for you. As an employee, you have the right to know some of your employer’s goals. But being well-informed doesn’t mean sticking your nose in.
7. Stay at least one year
Some human resources advisors suggest staying with the same employer for at least 12 months so as not to taint your CV. Obviously, the annoying habit of constantly changing jobs is not ideal. However, staying with a malicious employer or in a position that makes you feel deeply unhappy is not a good idea for your career either.
8. The best thing to do is not to go outside the frame.
What is the purpose of CV ? To get a job, of course. While some counsellors suggest listing only those experiences that are relevant to the job you are looking for, it may also be appropriate to add your skills or related jobs or experiences to attract the attention of recruiters. Volunteer work, humanitarian causes or interests are still important when it’s time to stand out.