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January 8, 2015

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One Piece of Career Advice You Always Should Ignore

We live in a society of sharing and caring, where friends and family are always putting their two cents into what direction your career should be going and the best ways to get there. Some, like the encouragement to tidy up your Facebook profile, is good advice, while those who suggest it’s ok to take a sick day to line up with Taylor Swift tickets should probably be avoided.

Alarmingly there’s one common piece of advice often thrown around, which sounds good in theory, but desperately needs to be ignored by today’s driven and successful gen y women:

“You should stay at a job for x amount of time until you even think about leaving. Otherwise it just looks bad on your resume.”

Whether it came from your hairdresser, Aunty Meredith, or a well-meaning colleague, this advice can actually stall your career and lead you to miss out on new opportunities. Successful career progression is not a mathematical problem to be solved, it’s a complex and emotional journey where the path of each individual is unique. Your career isn’t an excel spreadsheet to fill out with “x” values in each cell whereby pressing “ENTER” will result in your magical dream career popping out. If only it was that easy.

When the opportunity to change jobs or apply for a promotion arises, it’s up to you to decide whether you feel you have the required skills to put your hand up for it. So what if Sally Smith from two cubicles down has been there two years longer than you, let’s be honest she spends most of her time doing her nails and emailing friends. You’ve been diligent and hardworking, curious and dependable. You can’t put a time on how long it takes each person to fully develop these key skills.

But what if it all backfires on you I hear you say? The most important thing to remember is when you apply for new career opportunities, you won’t be interviewed by your hairdresser, Aunty Meredith, or Sally from two cubicles down. You’ll be showcasing your skills and attitude in front of an employer who’s only concerned with what you know, the demonstrated evidence of your skills, and how well you would fit into their team.

Research shows Millennials will have anywhere from 15-20 jobs in their working lives and perhaps even as many as 5 career changes. Do you want to end up 45 and filled with regret, thinking how you wasted too many unhappy years in unhappy roles just to make your resume look good? Your skills, your confidence, and the enthusiasm to be the best person for the role is what makes a resume sexy, don’t forget that!

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This article was originally published on SignedBySez.com.