Don't Take This Career Advice From Your Parents

We all look to others for advice when we are looking for a new job. Most of us turn to our closest family members and friends for help as these are the people we trust the most. If you are a millennial, you will probably have a conversation with your parents before considering a career change. While your parents may want what is best for you, I have found that many people make career changes with outdated and inaccurate data, severely limiting their potential. Following are five pieces of advice you have heard from your parents that you may want to ignore: 

  1. Buy a house. Besides the cost factor, buying an expensive house can limit your ability to move for a new opportunity. It can also be a huge liability. Many times, I have talked to a candidate who just bought a huge house or commissioned a new build only to be laid off and unable to relocate for a great opportunity. Renting, or buying a house you could rent out later, will keep you mobile and able to go where the demand is for your market.
  2. More schooling leads to better pay and more opportunities. Instead of going back to school for an expensive degree, use free resources out there to keep your skills up. YouTube and many universities offer free education right at your home. A Master’s degree does not always guarantee higher income but can sometimes be necessary for certain specialized roles. Make sure you really need formal education before committing to more schooling. You don’t want to be the millennial stereotype of the unemployed art major with $100K in debt. 
  3. Always wear a suit to the interview. You might find yourself facing tech company executives in jeans and feel out of place. Ask the recruiter or the person setting up the interview if you’re not sure. While it is always a better call to go more formal, it might make you seem out of touch if that’s not the culture of the company. A safe choice is nice pants, a dress top, and possibly a jacket you can easily remove if it is a little more informal than you thought. 
  4. Don’t job hop. This advice might have been true fifty years ago when employees were rewarded with a generous pension, but that doesn’t exist anymore. Unfortunately, leaving your job might be your best bet to get a decent raise. If you take a new job you might be more likely to land a leadership role if you’ve been overlooked for at your current employer. While employers don’t want to see many jobs with less than two years, you will be just fine if you make a change every three to five years. 
  5. Stay off social media. Not having an active social media presence will dramatically reduce your likelihood of landing a good job. The first thing most hiring managers do when reviewing your resume is to check out your online profile on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook etc. Do you want to stand out as an industry expert? Post articles and engage online with those in your industry. You will also uncover business and career opportunities you never knew you were missing.

If you feel limited in your current role and want to know about potential opportunities available to you, please contact me at zach@stratussearch.com or call 727.308.7887.