What to do when your grandmother, father, or mother, try to give you career advice….

Hello again, I often wonder how people think that they can give career advice when they haven’t had a job in over 30 years, or have been retired for the last 10 years, and/or have been in the same job for the last 10-20 years. Don’t get me wrong, listening to your family is always a nice thing to do because we all know that your family loves you more than anyone on earth however, taking career advice from them might not always be the greatest idea.

I have worked with many people looking for work over the past 11 years and it always worries me when they listen to anyone that hasn’t actively looked for a job or who has actively looked for a job and is still unemployed after a year or more. I am not judging people that have a hard time getting a job, I just don’t want my clients and anyone in job search to take career/job search advice unless they are listening to a Career Expert, Hiring Manager, Executive, Human Resource Professional, Recruiter, or a job seeker who has just landed a job in the last six months.

Life changes and so does the job market and the process of getting a job. It’s very hard for people when they hit the 9 month mark and they still haven’t been able to get a job. They start to get really depressed. I always ask my clients to hang out with people that are employed, to hire a coach, to attend job search support groups, and to work with recruiters. I really want people in job search to stay focused and politely say to the relative, friend, or colleague, thank you for caring and for the advice but not actually do anything until they talk to the above mentioned people and run it past them.

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