Free career advice usually costs a lot.
The most expensive career advice is the free advice given by people who have no clue on how the current career marketplace works. The one size fits all career advice from well-intentioned friends, mentors and career books is usually outdated or out of context. Here are some of the best “freebies” we’ve come across and some actual advice to go with them:
- It’s your job to say what it takes to get an offer in the interview process. This was great advice when the goal was to “get in” to company that will employ you for life. Today, its better to be organized on what you offer and see what they have to offer.
- The goal is always to move up the leadership ladder at your company. Almost all professional athletes make more than their coaches. If you have great software engineering skills, solve problems and complete projects on time, then you’ll make at least as much as your managers.
- If you want to change careers, go back to school. Ok this one is half true, if you want to try something else then get the basic skills and then pursue an opportunity to gain experience on your own.
- Work on your weaknesses to round out your strengths alone. No great business was the mind-child of one sole entrepreneur. It takes a team of people who have complementary strengths to get something done.
- Dress for success. The world is being taken over by nicely dressed competent professionals from the legion of well-dressed people pretending to be competent.
- A middle management job at a Fortune 500 company is better than a consulting engagement. 88% of the Fortune 500 in 1954 are out of business today and the transferrable skills learned in consulting are more valuable today.
The current career marketplace is so open and dynamic you are free to pursue opportunities to solve problems and achieve goals that give you positive energy. However, it will be up to you to pursue them by researching the company, starting your own project, setting up informational interviews and being prepared to work either permanently or as an independent consultant.
We offer services to help you organize and present your training (education), skills (behavior/technical), experience (application of skills), accomplishments (results gained from experience) and readiness for a new challenge internally or externally. We will also coach you to be a breath of fresh air in interviews by being prepared to explore opportunities that are an upgrade.
We have a sister company called NexBench that can help you get started as an independent consultant and match you with growth opportunities. To learn more, contact us.