TAP In with Tristan : Common Career Advice That May Not Work For You

Tristan discusses some common career tips that may not work for you. Career advice is everywhere nowadays and while it’s typically provided with good intentions, most of it isn’t law and some of them may work for others but not work for you. Tristan talks about a few pieces of advice that shouldn’t always be followed to the tee.

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This tip was adapted from an article titled “10 common career tips that might be wrong for you” by Jill Duffy.

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Tristan: What’s going on, Living Corporate? It’s Tristan, and I want to thank you for tapping back in with me as I provide some tips and advice for professionals. Today, let’s discuss some common career tips that may not work for you.

Career advice is everywhere nowadays and while it’s typically provided with good intentions, most of it isn’t law and some of them may work for others but not work for you. Let’s talk about a few pieces of advice that shouldn’t always be followed to the tee.

#1 Go where the money is. There are high-paying jobs, and then there are jobs that come with lower base pay but such generous compensation packages that lead to more guaranteed money in the long term, and sometimes a happier lifestyle. I know many of us are just trying to get to where the money resides, but make sure you’re looking at the total package like pensions, 401k contributions, student loan forgiveness, and other factors beyond salary.

#2 Never quit a job after less than a year. Many people will tell you that having a short stint on your resume may make you look like a quitter or job hopper, which can be viewed negatively by potential employers. I’m here to tell you that if the job simply isn’t a good fit or it’s having a negative impact on your physical or mental health, leave that job…just don’t do it without a plan. The moment you know the position isn’t the right fit, start looking and interviewing for other jobs as soon as possible. If leaving a job after a short stint is a common issue for you, then you need to seek out help to find the right job.

#3 Always give two weeks’ notice before leaving a job. While giving two week’s notice is a common courtesy, it is not law, and it’s certainly not possible in every situation. Some people should give more than two weeks’ notice and some less. If you are in a high level position, you may need to keep your departure under wraps until your replacement is found, which could be months. On the flip side, if you’re leaving a toxic work environment, you can definitely tender you resignation “effective immediately.” Two weeks’ is a way to prevent burning bridges, but it the bridge is already scorched, leaving immediately might be the best route.

#4 Your resume should never be longer than 1 page. While this is useful advice for people with limited work experience or many irrelevant work experiences, this isn’t always possible for others. It’s common to have multiple page documents in some sectors like academia, medicine, and other professions that require important certifications and trainings. Focus on relevance in the document. If all the information you need to list is relevant and requires a second page, then utilize it. But don’t just take up space trying to cram every responsibility you’ve ever had into the document.

The moral of the story here is that you’ll receive a lot of good career advice over your lifetime but it may come at the wrong time or not fit your situation or immediate needs. Take what’s useful and leave the rest.

This tip was adapted from an article titled “10 common career tips that might be wrong for you” by Jill Duffy and brought to you by Tristan of Layfield Resume Consulting. Check us out on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook @layfieldresume, or connect with me, Tristan Layfield, on LinkedIn.

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