If you read enough career-advice articles, you start to see the same types of tips over and over again. While some of these are valuable, others have been passed on for years and years, and even if they were relevant at one point in time, those days are past. In an informative piece for Business Insider, LinkedIn’s Ilya Pozin outlines “4 Pieces of Career Advice You Should Never Take,” and while some of what she writes isn’t incredibly surprising, there are some important takeaways from the article.
“The most successful people are those willing and able to think outside the box,” she writes, citing Mark Zuckerberg and Oprah Winfrey as a couple of people who likely never followed conventional career wisdom. “So why are we still following the same career advice?” It’s a good question. Read to find out what job tips Pozin recommends you ignore from here on out.
1. Don’t Job-Hop — Many people hate their jobs but refuse to leave because they’ve only been there a year or two, and they fear it’ll look bad on their resumes. According to Pozin, this is bunk. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistic finds that the average tenure at a job is 4.4 years, and 91 percent of millennials will likely stay at their current jobs for a maximum of three years. What’s more, data shows that how long you stayed at your last job isn’t a good predictor of how long you’ll stick around at your current one, so employers need not be fearful of hoppers.
2. Contribute to Every Meeting — Piping up in meetings is a great thing, Pozin writes, but only if you have something important to add. Otherwise, you’re just wasting everyone’s time. “If you’re speaking up but not adding any value, what you are adding to is your coworkers’ levels of aggravation,” she writes.
3. Follow the Money — According to a Gallup poll, 70 percent of Americans feel disengaged at work, and believe it not, that costs the economy a lot of money. How much? As much as $550 billion. The moral: You should try to find a job you’re passionate about. Salary should be a factor, but you spend the bulk of your day at work — shouldn’t you be doing something you enjoy?
4. Come Early, State Late — In America, we tend to value workaholism, and as Pozin says, we probably overvalue it. While it’s great to go the extra mile for your company, there’s a fine line between working hard and neglecting the other things in your life, such as family and friends. According to a study by Italy’s University of Padova, workaholics tend to experience worse health and decreased job performance, so next time you get the urge to stay super late, go home and have dinner with the fam. It’ll do everyone some good.