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The Best Career Advice You’ve Ever Received

When it comes to a career, it can feel like there are so many things to learn in order to succeed. From working with a variety of personalities to supporting a tough boss, it can seem overwhelming. We’ve gathered some of the best advice our recruiters and staff have ever received or learned throughout their careers. Although each job has its own positives and negatives and everyone has their own unique idea of what an ideal career looks like for them, we hope even one of these tips can help someone else succeed further in their career!

  1. Be a team player. Be approachable. Treat people with respect.
  2. Follow every lead! You never know where the pot of gold is. So when an interview opportunity opens up and you are not sure, go for it. This could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for!
  3. To “ask for the job” when interviewing. It doesn’t have be that directly, but closing out an interview with something like: “Mr. or Mrs. Hiring Manager, I just want you to know that I am very interested in this position and look forward to next steps in the process.”
  4. Treat everyone the way you would like to be treated.
  5. Never make a decision solely on the dollar.
  6. Hire people who are smarter than you – in different complimentary ways.
  7. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Keep focus on the things you can control and let go of the things out of your control.
  8. Be yourself and work at a company that allows you to be yourself. You will be spending more time at your job during a work with than with your family at home. Find a place with a culture that fits you.
  9. Your work is your signature. You’ll always be remembered by how well you did a particular task or job. Strive to be the “go to” person within your organization that everyone can count on for help whenever they need something.
  10. When starting a new job, seek out a mentor or a top performer to pick their brain, emulate, and observe. You can learn a lot from sitting back and listening to those that came before you.
  11. Choose to work in an environment where you align with the company’s mission statement and philosophy. If the money is good but you don’t share the same values, you won’t truly be happy or fulfilled professionally.
  12. Every job has its own unique challenges, if you can find a role and company where you can be 75% happy on most days, you are winning!
  13. Know when to use email and when to have a face to face conversation with someone. Email doesn’t transmit well always.
  14. Surround yourself with people that you genuinely love and enjoy working with. You spend most of your day at work so it’s so important to work hard but also have fun and laugh!
  15. Assume the best in people. You never know what someone else is going through.
  16. Humility is way more flattering than arrogance.