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Career advice: six proven job tips for career success

Career Advice: Six Proven Job Tips For Career Success

Achieving career success is not an exact process. Nevertheless, there are common sense rules that winners follow to achieve their career goals.

Here are six of those real-world career guidelines.

1. Job Tip: Do not hire anyone you can’t fire, unless you are under pressure so harsh that you can not resist.

When you hire a new employee, hopes are high that the relationship will work out to everyone’s benefit, even if it’s a shotgun wedding. In any case, the wise manager will be sure to keep away from a position where he can’t fire that person if things go sour.

This means resisting situations where employment is based on any reason other than the needs of the company and the particular worth and “fit” of the person being recruited.

When possible, run for cover when you are being pressured by a friend to hire his friend. Especially try to duck the bullet when the “do hire” message comes on a personal basis from the boss.

The reality is there may not be any way of escaping. If that is the case, protect yourself from the start. Have a clear understanding with all concerned of the basis on which you are acting. Insist that everyone understands that so long as you are held responsible for the results of your department, you have the absolute right to hire and fire. You should insist on being let off the hook if that right is denied.

Keep a record of the performance of the offspring of a forced wedding. Whether he or she is a great success or a failure you need facts.

2. Job Tip: Live with the reality that the only reality in any organization is individual perceptions of the information that is available. Therefore, “reality” is what those in power say it is. Learn to live with it.

3. Job Tip: The fact is that the same traits that lead to a successful career–Ambition, independence of thought and assertiveness–are frequently in conflict with the culture of the organization. But if you focus these attributes on the success of your employer, you will be forgiven.

4. Job Tip: Accept the fact that the organization will never be a perfect universe. Organizations are no better or worse than the people who inhabit them. The organization will do things of which you do not approve; it will make mistakes.

So, don’t enter the organization with a do-or-die missionary zeal to purify the structure, its purposes and those who make it up. Focus your attention on making your best efforts to move yourself toward your goals and those of the organization.

If, after time, you find that you cannot achieve these objectives, you have two choices. Either compromise your standards are resign. That is the way it is.

5. Job Tip: Don’t expect your comrades to support you to the bitter end if you are in serious conflict with the organization.

If you and your associates find yourself in a serious conflict with your employer be wary if your associates declare, “We are in this with you. You can count on our support.”; you go fight ‘em.” Or the corollary to that, “If you get fired, Charlie, we will leave with you.”

That all sounds fine in the heat of the moment. But if it comes to actual conflict, most people shy away and begin thinking more about job security and house payments than they do loyalty to the cause you once shared.

6. Job Tip: Know that most people are waiting for something to happen. Most people spend most of their careers waiting for the spark to light. They want someone to come along and tell them what to do. They hope that by some sudden miraculous stroke they will be motivated to achieve success.

On the other hand, some people are impatient. They are chomping at the bit to shape their world. They win big or lose big in the process, but they get to choose the game and set the stakes. In this world, those who sit back and wait for success are bound to dance to someone else’s music.

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