Best Long Term Career Advice

Thursday, August 4th, 2011 - career coaching, career management, career planning, career transition

Best Long term Career Advice

Focus on what you can next write on your CV

I see a lot of good career advisers and CV/resume writers give lots of good careers and CV Writing advice in public, but then – even in their paid for products – not follow the same rules and tactics in their private meetings or briefings. Personally, I don’t get or understand this: good advice should remain good advice. Therefore such activity personally to me seems like these experts are spinning  story or selling a product, over giving good, solid and real advice. Yes, give more of it in your paid products, but always be consistent.

How do I know this? Well like many on the internet, I have a couple of anon eMail addresses, which allow me to register on different forums. I don’t act on these like a troll or a stalker – that’s pointless, and I value my market of HR and employment. What I do use these alternate identities to do is pose the same or similar questions to different people, experts and job seekers alike, to see what their thoughts are on how to address these job search issues. I started in the CV Writing side of the business trying to answer the question why do good job seekers get rejected, and I am still learning daily in that quest. I’d say presently I and the team are about 90% of the way there, only because mainly the internet and occasionally developments within employment law take the benchmark forward, on an at least weekly if not daily basis.

One of the questions that I like to ask on forums, is one posed along the lines of best long term career advice, such as:

What would you you say to a (insert job seeker type, school leaver to over 50’s job seeker), about how best to (manage or gain maximum employment/minimal chance of redundancy) in managing their career?

This is a pretty basic career advice question, but the number of ways in which it can be posed are as diverse as often the answers coming back to it are.

Most often, the answers directly reflect the answering parties expertise, training or product, over what would be their private best advice. Hence you will often see the psyche test specialists suggest that the answer is some form of psyche testing, and then a focus on key skills. Job search coaches will often jump into the same pond, and the answer will need involve some form of 1:1 coaching.

Most HR professionals take a slightly different approach, often closing their answer with “and if you are interested in a career with company, just contact me; and if ever I can help you, just ask.” That’s the answer which I think the ideal response is:

  • Here’s my thoughts and best advice
  • If you conclude that my organisation/product is part of that solution, great….
  • But if not and you need more, just ask me

One variation I like on the best career advice is to pose the question in a more personal way, using either the “what have you done to” or “what would you advise a family member to do” type intros. These varied questions often gain better and closer to the ideal answer, and seem to close out the “the answers my product, now what’s the question” type responses.

In example, my Australian based Dutch cousin (don’t ask, but simply my Netherlands based English Aunt is great fun, and so is her daughter/my cousin) has recently got a new job. Its in the professionally trained medical market (the Aussies are so much more focused on certification than the Europeans or the North Americas), in an area of personal therapy. She announced her success on her personal Facebook page, so I thought it nice to give her congratulations, and as a recruiter best career management advice. So here is my exact post to her Facebook page:

Well done, sounds like a great job that you really want! A couple of tips from a recruiter for your first 90days: fit in in the first 30days; change things in the second 30days; and then make sure you get the recognition (from management, in reports/1to1’s, in writing), in the third 30days. Also, always be thinking: what does this allow me to write on my Professional CV and hence be wanted by the next employer who will engage me? As medicine and personal treatment are what we in HR term technical jobs, to progress further you always need a balance between education/certificates and experience: one over the other never works for long term career progression. Good Luck!

OK, that’s my best career advice for a successful new job starter: have I been consistent in that advice here on this blog? Try the following entries:

I don’t want the team that I have built here at to offer anything except that which we think, know, have experimented to develop, and hence proven and wholly believe to be the best Professional CV and careers advice. We could give you something easier, lighter, more like our competitors and hence cheaper. But I’m not sure we could deliver that, as I know that’s not what we would be doing for ourselves or telling our nearest and dearest, our families.

Its a pretty simple formula here: be consistent, give the best advice where ever you may be or who ever we may be talking to or delivering for – Good Luck!


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One Response to “Best Long Term Career Advice”

  1. Gwin Turner Says:

    I’m not sure where you’re getting your information, but great topic and well written. Thanks for wonderful information for my job search

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