If you are a job seeker looking for career advice, I have one word of caution, “Take what you need and leave the rest behind.”
There is plenty of great career advice out there but what concerns me is when career advisers just go too far.
I recently read a post from a well-known blogger who implied that a job seeker may have ruined a chance at an offer after the hiring manager saw that she was driving an old and dirty truck. There didn’t appear to be any other facts listed and when I challenged the blogger with a follow up question, I did not receive a response. My take away from this post was that job seekers should be sure their image was well-represented by driving a nice car. Seriously?
In the social media universe there is no shortage of self-proclaimed gurus, experts, and authorities who are happy to tell job seekers everything they need to do in their job search if they want to land your next gig. They will ask, “What’s your brand?” (I uber-loathe the word ‘brand‘ – and ‘uber‘ – for that matter) and “Do you have an elevator speech?” (What? Why can’t we just call it what it is – whichis the answer to the question, “Tell me about yourself.”)
A job loss, no matter how or why it happened, is emotional. In addition to the loss of income, the kick to a person’s confidence can leave a job seeker feeling vulnerable and susceptible to bad advice – and that’s what scares me.
Here is what I ask of you:
If you are a job seeker, please really take the time to be honest with yourself. Know your true strengths and weaknesses. Seek out solid, practical and logical advice that will help you address and even talk about your weaknesses. Learn how to maximize your strengths on your resume and when you interview. Network with other job seekers both in and outside of your industry or occupation, attend face to face meetings, and learn new job search methods and creative ideas from others. Ask these folks to review your resume – it helps! Choose what you read, use common sense, and do your homework before you take any career advice. Remember, some of these posts are written for marketing purposes without factual evidence.
If you’re blogging about careers and job searching, please be empathetic to your reader. Wear the shoes of the unemployed who have not chosen this path. You have no idea how vulnerable someone might be so can you please keep the ridiculousness to a minimum. I know that you have a business to run but please don’t push the envelope just because you can. It’s not the right thing to do.
Thanks for reading and I welcome your comments. What advice do you have for job seekers today?