This week's top career advice

Insight and advice to help you in your career.

career advice This week's roundup brings you five articles with the top career advice of the week including tips on how to tackle the unknown, how to know when you've outgrown your job and how to build a successful career.
  • How to Tackle Something You Have No Idea How to Do The Daily Muse: “When you’re tasked with something new and difficult, your first thought is likely, 'I can’t do this.' I’ve been there. I’ve sat at my desk with my head in my hands, going through all the stages of an impossible project, from bewilderment ('There’s no way my boss really expects me to do this') to denial ('This must have been a mistake—I don’t really have to do this') to all-out refusal ('I’ll just tell my boss to give this project to someone else'). Eventually, though, you realize that you do, in fact, have to do it—and the sooner you get started, the better. So, kick the negativity, and try to approach the project with the attitude that you’re going to use the task to gain skills, make new connections, and prove to your boss that you’re up for anything.”
  • Where Did You Go to College? Employers Don't Care Business News Daily: “Research from Gallup revealed that the majority of leaders say the amount of knowledge a candidate has in a field, as well as applied skills, are more important factors when making a hire than where a candidate attended school or what their college major was. Specifically, 84 percent of those leaders surveyed said the amount of knowledge a candidate has in a particular field was 'very important,' compared to just 9 percent who felt the same about where a candidate received his or her college degree.”
  • How to Know When You've Outgrown Your Job U.S. News & World Report: "You’re bored. Been there, done that. Over it? Yawn. As you nod in agreement, this is one of the fastest ways to tell if you’ve outgrown the job. When was the last time you learned something new? Are you procrastinating and postponing deadlines since you know you can complete an assignment in relatively no time flat? Is it easy to let your mind wander during a meeting or project because you already know the information? One of the effects of boredom could be restlessness, and this isn’t necessarily a bad thing. You’re hungry, on fire and ready to move on. If you’re anxious to move forward, feel stifled and stuck in a box, it’s time to unleash that potential energy into motion.”
  • The 5 Most Misunderstood Issues About Building A Successful Career Forbes: “Stepping back for an empowered perspective of where you are and where you’ve come from is the first key step. Understanding yourself intimately, and gaining more clarity on your values, passions, talents and interests is critical to do before changing anything in your professional life. The key is to align your career with your authentic self. The 5 core steps of my career growth model (based on findings from my year long research study on overcoming professional challenge) are: Step Back, Let Go, Say Yes, Explore It, and Create It S.M.A.R.T.”
  • 8 Things I Wish I Knew about Business and Careers When I Was 22 Business2Community: “You can learn from any job. There are very few tasks with no redeeming value whatsoever. Even a cashier job at McDonalds, for example, affords numerous opportunities to master critical transferable skills like customer relations, time management, and multi-tasking. Instead of lamenting that a task is beneath you, see what it can teach you to bring you closer to your big picture goals.”
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