Many tidbits of wisdom shared in the workplace about a new job — or getting ahead at work– are not necessarily true.
The advice givers are trying to help but sometimes they only perpetuate myths that are not helpful. To begin a new career or climb the corporate ladder successfully you'll need help to conquer common workplace myths.
Career Advice #1 – It is important to dress according to the organizational norms of the job your want; not the job that you have.
- Fact – Generally, an organization's culture and an industry's culture dictate the norms around employee attire. so, its important to wear clothes that match the corporate climate and exude a sense of belonging. For example: If you give human resources consulting to job applicants as a recruiter, your dress should appear authoritative and approachable.
Career Advice #2 – Limit your résumé to one page
- Myth – Once you have work experience, education an extracurricular activities, it is difficult to have a one-page resume. Definitely try to limit your résumé to two pages and eliminate any jobs that do not relate to the position you are applying for.
Career Advice # 3 – Leave your emotions at home. Don't act emotional at work
- Myth – The problem occurs when your emotional reaction is inappropriate in the situation. tears over daily responsibilities or personal problems do not belong at work.
Career Advice #4 -Don't bring up money as the first topic during an interview
- Fact- If you focus on the salary in the beginning of the job interview, you'll give the hiring manager the wrong impression about your motives. The salary and total compensation package is a form of employer branding. A great employer will offer you a fair and competitive wage, while a questionable employer is not. It's best to wait until the hiring manager or recruiter offers the position to you, before discussing the salary.
Career Advice #5 – Avoid friendships with your boss or co-workers
Myth-Personal boundaries are necessary so you can be aware of taboo topics that generally shouldn't be discussed. Take things slowly in terms of building your work relationships so you can get to know the people at work slowly.
With high demand for jobs, you'll need career tips to help you get ahead at work. And most careerists know, that a stable future at work is not about finding the best job or the best employer. By following this workplace advice you'll be able to land the best professional opportunity, whether you work for IBM or Apple.