Bad pieces of career advice that just won’t go away

By Brenda on March 8th, 2012

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Sometimes bad advice is easy to spot. But sometimes it sounds good because it’s based on half-baked logic that seems reasonable on the surface. There’s a lot of bad advice floating around out there – especially when it comes to career advice. Let’s break down some of that bad advice and explain why following it could have dire consequences.

1. In an interview figure out what the interviewer is saying and shape your answers

You may get the job if you tell the employer what they want to hear, but you’ll likely get a job you do not like or one that you do not have the skill set for. Telling them what they want to hear does not mean lying but want to show the real you in an interview. Why? Because you may be able to hide the real you during an interview but the real you will eventually show up at work. Be genuine.

2. When asked about your weaknesses you offer up something positive that sounds like a weakness

Many people use the old cliché answers of “I’m a perfectionist” or “I get too involved in my work.” Any savvy employer will be able to see right through those lies. Employers understand that we’re all human so they want to hire people that are very self-aware of their weaknesses. It’s best to be honest about your faults, but make sure you explain what you’re doing to overcome those issues too.

3. Do not list months on your resume only put the years

This is annoying to some managers because they do not know if you were at a job for a month or 11 months – and that can make a big difference. If you just put years they typically assume the worst and that you’re trying to hide something.

4. Formatting resume in a non-chronological manner

Some people do this and most managers hate it. They want to see how your career has progressed and what story it tells about you. This can’t be done if your list of employers is not in chronological order.

5. Never complain to the boss about someone unless it affects you directly

Many people feel like they are a gossip if they tell on a coworker. Let’s get it straight – gossiping is when you complain about a coworker to someone who is at your level or lower on the corporate hierarchy. It’s not gossip when you tell your boss because he or she has the authority to fix the problem. Most bosses want to know what’s going on in the trenches and it’s hard to find out unless you have someone who is willing to let you know what’s going on.

Category: Careers and Employment