The Internet abounds with terrible job advice. A lot of it is well-meaning but outdated, while other advice exploits job seekers into paying for services. Some of it filters down to people we trust, who repeat it. College career offices, for example, often employ advisers from academia who have limited industry experience. Read on to learn how to spot bad advice and run the other way.
Here is some bad advice that often comes from career services offices. Read it here.
Another terrible maxim that’s been bandied about for years to unsuspecting kids is “find your passion and follow it.” Here’s why that doesn’t work.
Bonus: Here is terrible advice from your parents that you should disregard. (Hint: If the words “pound the pavement” and “gumption” are part of their vocabulary, their advice is probably outdated!) Read it here. And here. And here. And here. Aaaand here.
Compiling quality job-search materials is a time-consuming headache, especially early in your career. One page résumé or two? Or a full curriculum vitae? Should you add your high school babysitting experience? Click below for some great advice and materials on putting together a job-winning résumé.
The job market is notoriously shaky right now. Searching for jobs on top of all of the priorities that you have is a mentally and physically difficult, not to mention time-consuming, process. Many students are applying across the board—to academe and industry—and hoping that something good sticks. If you are one of them, you could likely use some guidance on how to juggle it all.