Career professionals give a lot of advice. Some good. Some bad. As I say about career experts, we come in all shapes, sizes, colors, genders, beliefs, and backgrounds. And just because we say it, doesn’t mean it’s true for you. Or, if you like the advice, maybe you have no time or money to follow through on all of it.
That last part is why I’m writing this. I was reading a thread of comments on Twitter recently. Basically the complaint was that we so-called career experts are privileged and have no idea what the real world is like. They point to lack of time, money, and energy getting in the way of the advice. And I get that.
But I also want to say there are some of us who have been down to our last dollars. Or at least experienced an unfair system. And worried that we’d never find a job again. We know how it feels to get rejection after rejection. And to see no light at the end of the tunnel. Or, for those who coach, we’ve worked with (and helped) people in those circumstances.
My take on giving advice to others
Even if I can never walk in your shoes, I do think about how hard it must be for you. How scared you feel much of the time when no job is on the horizon — for way too long. And how ignored you feel by the system. [Read more…]