When it comes to our careers, we do all we can to perform well, acquire new skills and become valuable assets to our teams. This usually means learning from others that have more experience than we have. But not everyone has the best intentions, or knows everything there is to know about successfully landing, holding on to, and advancing at the work place. There are also cases when people who have little to no knowledge about a subject decide to give free, and useless advice. Here are a few common refrains that might back fire on you.
1. Quit if You Don’t Feel Passionately About it
Everybody knows that saying “Do what you love and you’ll never have to work a day in your life”. Sadly, we will probably not be landing our dream job from the beginning of our career, and this is exactly why career advisers warn that entry level jobs will be littered with low-level tasks that you’ll probably have to slog before you finally get to do what you love. As you may very well know, there is also a saying which goes something like “Good things happen for those who wait”.
2. Save Your Questions for the Performance Evaluation
Chances are that there are certain questions or complaints that you would like to voice, but someone told you to save it for the performance evaluation. This advice is bad for several reasons. First of all, managers should never blindside direct reports in a performance evaluation, and employees should feel comfortable enough to talk about the things that they have problems dealing with. Communication is extremely important not only in personal life, but also the professional one.
Not only is multi-tasking useless, it is also impossible. The brain simply cannot multi-task, at least not in a way that will make you more productive at work. The truth is that focusing on one task at a time will help you achieve better results. Have you ever tried to work on something, while also listening to a person talking? Admit it. You didn’t hear half of the things they said. This is because the brain was not made to process so much information at the same time efficiently. All it will do is split your focus. Therefore, you should always focus on one task at a time, while also taking short breaks between them.
4. You Should Earn Better for That Task
Some people think that they are entitled to everything: a perfect job, with interesting tasks and instant gratification. This rarely happens. In order to prove your worth, you must first take care of the menial tasks. Bosses warn that more and more young workers are snubbing their noses on the thought of little tasks, however, you should not forget that attention to detail, and competence in smaller projects will help you conquer the bigger ones in the future.
5. Start From the Bottom and Make Your Way to the Top
We know that our economy has seen better days, but this doesn’t mean that you should take jobs that are below your level of education. While it is OK to start from the bottom, it is only OK as long as it is a career that is relevant to your education. Becoming a cashier will definitely be useless for a med graduate. Most experts warn that it takes a lot of effort to rebrand oneself, and working in a field that is not relevant to studies will eventually affect the knowledge you have gained during university or high-school.
6. It’s all About Networking
Many people say that “It’s all about the people you know” but according to recruiters, it is better to work on your skills than to waste time networking. Ask yourself if you are carrying yourself in a way that you have become a good referral, because connections mean nothing if they are not backed up by experience or knowledge.
7. Stay at Least a Year
Everybody knows that job hopping doesn’t look good in a CV, but this doesn’t mean that you should torture yourself in a job that you loath. Many so-called experts recommend employees to stay at least one year at a job even if they despise it, but the brighter minds believe that you should not follow this advice if it is to your detriment.