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The Worst Career Advice I’ve Ever Heard Is Also The Most Common

Source | Forbes : By Liz Ryan

Job-seekers and working people both have a tough way to go. It’s not easy to find a good job, and work itself is harder and more demanding than it’s ever been. That’s why it frustrates me to hear the same old tired career advice thrown around that we were already sick of 20 years ago.

Job-seekers are told, “Do whatever you have to do to get the job!” and working people are told, “Please the boss, keep your head down and hope for the best!” Both job-seekers and working people are advised to put up with insulting nonsense and keep quiet about their own needs.


I am tired of reading articles about how to suck up to higher-ups and be the Good Little Employee or Good Little Job Seeker. What about pleasing yourself? The worst career advice I’ve ever heard is still the most common career advice out there, and it’s the message “Your career choices are not up to you — because employers rule, and individuals are just cogs in the machine!”

That was true for a long time, but it isn’t true anymore. Employers aren’t even real things. They are just pieces of paper stuffed in a file cabinet in Delaware or wherever the corporation was established. Corporations are made of people, and people with brains know that they can’t do everything alone. The smarter they are, the more aware they are of the need for talent in their organization.

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