I read some ‘expert’ career advice on the web today in an article called ‘Keep your job’.
Here are the 4 headlines this article said all of us need to be aware of in order to safeguard our jobs & careers:
1. Self-improve (acquire new, relevant skills)
2. Get noticed (businesses need innovation to pull through difficult times)
3. Don’t get noticed (don’t get caught looking for a new job)
4. Make a backup plan (be aware of alternatives in case your job comes under threat)
My problem with this article is that it makes some interesting points but doesn't go on to explain how we might progress them.
I liken it to my car breaking down at the roadside and a mechanic pulling over in a recovery truck. He offers to help but does so by making suggestions like, “Cars don’t tend to break down so often when they are regularly serviced” or “You could fix your car easily if you understood computerised engine management systems”. You get the idea.
When an expert offers their help you need it to get you somewhere not point out what you already know - or worse - offer ideas that suggest help but go no further.
The individual who wrote this career article is an expert and their expertise could help any number of us looking to safeguard our jobs & develop our careers in the challenging market we are working in today.
Maybe it is time for our experts to move beyond their ideas and get into practical areas (such as evidence, detail and testimony) and enable genuine career progress to be made.
Agree or disagree? Your comments are welcomed as always!
Here are some links focusing on career management, decision-making & job search beyond just the suggestion of ideas: