1. You need to stay at your job X years before you look for a new one
The rules have changed. In previous years, employees would stay at one company, often the one they started with.
Loyalty was valued and a career was for life. In the workplace of today, however, millennials will change jobs an average of four times in the 10 years after graduating.
New jobs are often the quickest way to advance your career – and your salary. If you’re the right fit for a job, you won’t be overlooked because you didn’t stick out years at your previous one.
2. Don’t negotiate
People starting out are often told to be grateful for their first job offer and to take what is offered.
While it’s important not to be asking for the keys to the castle on day one, negotiating your pay and hours is not a bad thing. There’s nothing worse than feeling undervalued in a career.
3. Skills matter more than your personality
We’re not suggesting you go out and apply for a role as a surgeon if you haven’t had the training, but the reality of today’s working environment is that
employers are looking as much for personality and cultural fit as the skill set. A lot of job skills can be taught – a good attitude and work ethic is often a lot harder.
4. Apply for everything
The old approach of quantity over quality has been sidelined. Job seekers today are being advised to target specific brands, companies or industries they are actually interested and/or qualified in.
It will pay off in the long run to start your career in an area you’re interested in and enjoy, rather than applying for any and every job you stumble across.
5. Send the same CV to everywhere you apply
Employers are smart. It’s often easy to tell when a candidate has employed a scattergun approach to job hunting, and sent the same CV to everyone.
You don’t need to completely rewrite it, but tailor it slightly for each application. In a stack of CVs, the ones written specifically for a position will stand out.