Why It's Sometimes a Good Idea to Break Your Career Rules

Why It's Sometimes a Good Idea to Break Your Career Rules
From Recruiter - July 7, 2016

Life lessons seem hard to grasp at first, but so obvious once you get them.

I recently spoke with a former client who completely transformed his career. He went from working at a university in administration to working in corporate strategy at a Fortune 500 company. I asked him, Looking back, how have you changed the most in the last few years?

He said something I wasnt expecting: I learned not to pay so much attention to the rules.

This philosophy has changed not only the way he looks at work, but also the way he makes choices in his personal life.

In life, and in the job search, we often pay attention to the constraints put on us by others. These rules seem so clear and concrete when were obeying them. Theyre there to protect us and to guide usright?

How many times have you skipped over a job posting because you didnt meet the minimum requirements? You could probably do the job, but applying would be a big waste of time.

What would you think if you knew that many employers dont really care about minimum job requirements? Its true! Ask a hiring manager what they would prefer: an experienced employee with a bad attitude or an inexperienced employee whom they really like. Most of the time, theyll pick the inexperienced person. After all, most job functions are common sense and can be taught. What cant be taught is work ethic and a positive attitude.

Have you ever thought of applying for graduate school, but you didnt because your test scores are too low or youve already missed the application deadline?


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