“A career, is a long-term pursuit of a lifelong ambition, where you’re moving forward.
A job is something you do to earn money, where you’re not going anywhere.”
Tired of seeing lists on what to do to get a career? Below are some of my tips for what not to do when getting a career. They are things I wish someone had told me when I was searching for jobs and interviewing. You can thank me later 😉
- Don’t accept an offer unless you interview with your direct manager. You should get to know who you’ll have to report to everyday to see if they are a good match.
- Don’t work for a smaller branch of a bigger company. You’ll probably have to suffer with less staff and funding.
- Don’t interview in summer for jobs located in north. Everything looks nice in summer but when winter comes you’ll probably freeze and be miserable. (See winter flu)
- Don’t accept a position that is plenty different from what you interviewed for.
- Don’t interview in a different building from what you’ll be working at everyday. Find out what your office space is like. You’ll be spending most of your waking hours there so make sure your content with it.
- Don’t make your decision based on salary only. Take a long hard look at the benefits package and ask questions if you need clarity
- Don’t leave your current job without giving a minimum 2 weeks notice. Give more notice time if you have people reporting to you.
Do you have any other don’ts or dos for getting a career? Please feel free to add them to the comments.