The Cynical Girl: Best Career Advice of 2012

Sure, she talks about HR and Recruiting, but Laurie Ruettiman is a great writer. You should follow her blog, because it’s great career advice, even if she doesn’t follow it herself.

Here’s one of her posts stolen, lock, stock and barrel. It’s a good read.

My best career advice from 2012. Summarized for your enjoyment.

  • Don’t let a job define you.
  • Don’t be too good for work.
  • Your personal life and your professional life are different. Guard that.
  • Don’t sulk when good things happen to other people.
  • Mediocrity at work is okay.
  • Money talks.
  • You are responsible for your own engagement.
  • Work is not your family.
  • The best way to get a job is to have a job.
  • For every one hour you spend on the internet, spend six in the real world.
  • Don’t spread office gossip unless it’s true.
  • People notice if you don’t wash your hands.
  • Save your money and work less.
  • It’s better to smell good than look good.
  • Your boss doesn’t have it out for you. Your coworkers do.
  • If you fear being fired, it’s too late.
  • You are not George Carlin. Tamp down those jokes.
  • If you wonder if that skirt is too short, it is.
  • When someone asks how you’re doing, it is a formality. Don’t answer honestly.
  • You can say no to team building, wellness programs and forced fun.