Career Advice You Should Probably Ignore

AUG 09, 2013

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Bad advice is not always easy to recognize. If youre job hunting in a very competitive employment market, its important to avoid the wrong guidance. After all, your income is directly tied to your financial situation and the right job could help set you on the path for strong money management habits. Yet less-than-helpful career advice seems common.

In a survey conducted by the Creative Group of advertising and marketing executives, it was found that nearly six out of 10 professionals said they had received bad career advice from co-workers and another 54 percent from their bosses. Its important to always evaluate any advice you receive whether about your personal or professional lives. Here are a few commonly heard bits of career advice you may be better off ignoring:

Dont worry about your credit  Actually, a growing number of employers are using credit checks in the hiring process as an evaluation tool. Credit impacts job searches across a broad range of industries, not just finance. If youre job hunting, it pays to know your whats in your report, so there will be no surprises if a potential employer asks to check your credit.

Take the job, even if you dont really want it  If youre in dire financial straits, you may be forced to take a less-than-perfect job. But if your financial footing is solid, and youre not desperate for employment, never take a job you dont really want even if you tell yourself its only temporary until something better comes along. If the job makes you unhappy, your performance could suffer, and you could ultimately lose the job.

No one finds a job over the Internet  Not true. Plenty of employers advertise online and plenty of job-seekers find opportunities online. Whats harder to do, however, is land a job online. The personal touch your performance in an in-person interview, the quality of your resume and experience, and how well you follow up on an interview is what will win you the job.

Dont bring up salary  First, while job satisfaction is important, ultimately we all work for an income. Its important to know, early in the application process, if you and the employer are on the same page in terms of salary. Its perfectly acceptable to ask about a salary range during an initial interview, and by the second one you should be getting down to specifics. Talking income growth and career paths ensure neither you nor the employer will be wasting time if your goals and financial ambitions dont mesh.

Likability is more important than capability  Both are important. Getting along with your co-workers is essential for a cooperative, successful working environment. But if you lack basic professionalism and the skills needed for the job, a potential employer isn’t likely to hire you, no matter how nice you are.

While your employment plays a vital role in your salary, its important to know credit has an important part in your income as well. High interest rates, late fees and loan penalties can suck your savings dry. By paying your bills on time and being responsible with your money, you can pay yourself first instead of relying on your employer for a raise.


This article is provided for general guidance and information. It is not intended as, nor should it be construed to be, legal, financial or other professional advice. Please consult with your attorney or financial advisor to discuss any legal or financial issues involved with credit decisions.

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