Happy New Year! Today marks a clean slate, a fresh start, a chance to really get things right in your career. If you need ideas for smart ways to restart your career this year, there are plenty of options elsewhere (including on The Grindstone). But if you’re looking for three really bad ideas for career resolutions, based on kooky real-life ideas from 2012, look no further.
1. “Be more active on social media.” Many career-advice sites like to believe that more social media = more success. Meanwhile some job-seekers think that tooling around on Facebook = getting serious about looking for work. But social media alone does not turbo-charge a career. It can be a distraction, or even get you in trouble. Use it to your advantage to make relevant connections in your industry, but be smart: Don’t spam your followers, and don’t self-promote to the point of obnoxiousness.
2. “Get more specific when seeking job candidates. Like, really specific.” Maybe your last job posting attracted 1,000 candidates, and next time you’d like to pare that down a bit to spare yourself — and the job-seekers — some time. Reasonable! But don’t follow in the footsteps of the Dalkey Archive Press, a small book publisher in Illinois. Their lengthy job posting touted low pay, long hours, and told candidates “do not have any other commitments (personal or professional) that will interfere with their work at the Press (family obligations, writing, involvement with other organizations, degrees to be finished, holidays to be taken, weddings to attend in Rio, etc.).”
3. “Work just four hours a week.” Oh, come on, Tim Ferriss, give me a break.