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The 5 Worst Pieces of Advice You Are Getting About Your Career

by Sophie Cummings

The 5 Worst Pieces of Advice You Are Getting About Your Career:

  1. Apply to as many jobs as possible
  • Before the age of computers, this advice may have been sound.  However, this is the millennial era.  Your resume is input into a computer, scanned for key words, and if your resume lacks them, it gets tossed.  Therefore, you need to put as much work into writing a sound, catered resume and cover letter as you do preparing for the interview.
  • One resume and one cover letter will not do.  If you are applying correctly, you won’t have time to apply for over 100 jobs.  I’ll say it again, cater, cater, cater to the job description.
  • You need to follow up via email or in person with the hiring manager when applicable.  (Sometimes hiring managers are out of state which makes it nearly impossible to follow up in person.)  The more you communicate you want the position, the more likely you are to get the position

2. A job is a job

  • Warrren Buffet says, “There comes a time when you ought to start doing what you want. Take a job that you love. You will jump out of bed in the morning. I think you are out of your mind if you keep taking jobs that you don’t like because you think it will look good on your resume. Isn’t that a little like saving up sex for your old age?”

3. It’s all about building your resume

  • You should not be in a line of work that you are not excited about.  Sure, every job has mundane tasks, but if you are spending more than 15 minutes per hour trying to not do your job, it’s time for a new line of work.

4. Being in the office 70+ hours a week is how you start your career.

  • Not only does this amount of work affect your sleep, it also affects your health, social life, and general well-being.
  • Breakdown: a 5 day workweek has 120 hours of total time. If you work 70 hours weeks over a 5 day period, that leaves you 50 hours to sleep, have a social life, eat, and workout.  If you are getting the proper amount of sleep – 8 hours a night – you are left with no free time.  Work balance is extremely important.
  1. Figure 1 shows unhealthy balance.  Figure 2 shows proper balance.  Note how all areas in Figure 2 are represented.  Your first job should not force you into unhealthy habits due to an over work load.  Please note there is a difference between working hard and over working.  We advocate for working hard.  We do not advocate for working so much that you lose sleep, workout time, and have difficulty finding time to eat/make meals.

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5. Of course, you hate your first job and your boss sucks.

  • Yes, your boss will place remedial tasks on your desk, but rather than thinking: “Why’d I go to college for this?”  Think of it as your chance to learn and excel.  The greater you do at remedial tasks, the more likely your boss will give you larger tasks.  Also, take it as a chance to learn.  You can spare an extra 30 minutes at the end of the day to learn more about what your boss does so you can become one.
  • If your boss does not help you grow or sets you up for failure, then it’s time for a different job.
  • A true boss for us is someone who when they ask you to climb a mountain, they place holds for you.  They challenge you to grow while supporting your growth.

For more information, visit us at premiereonboard.com.  We want to place you in the best career for your growth and success!

Perseverance in the Weight of Rejection and Hatred

By Sophie Cummings

“Some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all—in which case, you fail by default.” – J.K. Rowling

 

Persevere is the mantra of some of the biggest names today.  They listen to their calling, their passion, their drive, and purse it with unequalled perseverance.   Take a look at J.K. Rowling, for example.  In interviews, she has said that she knew her books would succeed but the hardest part would be to get them published.  She was rejected by 12 publishers.  12.  Most people would stop at a single rejection, maybe even 5, but she isn’t like most people.  She kept going.  Her relentless pursuit made her the first billionaire writer.

Her success has created success for many other, most notably Emma Watson, from the Harry Potter movies.  Emma Watson has taken her movie career onto a new stage. As a graduate of Brown University, she uses her degree in pursuit of advocating for women’s rights.  On the stage of the UN, she has become a leader for women around the world. We love her because she did not stop at success.  In fact, she hasn’t stopped and her spark has ignited the flame in people around the women with her HeforShe speech.

Another successful woman whose career climb was through a different form of writing, song writing, is Taylor Swift.  Inspired by her grandmother who was an opera singer, Taylor began performing on large stages at age 10.  She has impressed even the unimpressed by writing her own music since age 11 and learning guitar at 12.  Why we love her though is not for her musical talents, although great, but rather, her ability to persevere.

While she has experienced immense success, she has also received immense criticism.  In her early career, country fans claimed she should not have won a CMA award because she was not a country singer.  Later, she was relabeled from a country singer to a pop singer.  The more suitable title allowed her to reach a wider audience and country fans were pleased, many still listening to Taylor Swift.  Some people continue to rain criticism on Swift.  Her most recent and notorious hater is Kayne West.  He yanked the mic out of Taylor Swift’s hand during her acceptance speech to tell the whole world that she was undeserving of this privilege.  Swift was later able to finish her speech when Beyoncé called her to the stage, showing that support from peers is a valuable resource.  Today, she has received many Grammy’s and is well deserving of her place on the stage. (Click here to hear her recent Grammy speech)

 

Taylor Swift Grammy Speech

 

The greatest value we can learn from the these women is perseverance.  J.K. Rowling’s early success was non-existent.  She lived meagerly but followed her dream with relentless passion, without any rejection stopping her.  Swift lives her dream and continues to drown out dissonance with her kindness.  She is learning to become a strong woman, even learning the lesson that life is not about how many punches you take.  Life is about how many punches you take, get back up, give ‘em the finger, and keep moving forward.  Watson teaches us that the ladder is never too high.  You never reach the top if you keep making more stairs to climb.