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Are you trying to look for career advice? Then you might have already thought of getting the opinion of your family and friends.
Many employees say that the people closest to them are bad at giving them career advice. Some have been told by parents not to be friends with coworkers while others have their friends telling them to make their resumes long and really detailed. This data is from the firm Accountemps.
More specifically, 35% of the employees who were part of the survey claimed that their friends have gotten them in the wrong direction when it comes to their career. Furthermore, 14% on the other hand have parents while 10% have family members who came up with a bad career advice.
According to executive director for Accountemps Mike Steinitz, it is not uncommon to ask a friend or trusted confidante for career advice. In fact, first-time job seekers and experienced professionals are guilty of it. He says that while family and friends mean well, they can easily steer you in the wrong direction.
While this may be so, not all are bad either. There is one particular member in the family that one might be able to count on for sound advice – only about 1% say that their spouse gave them a bad career advice.
The study also shows that poor recommendations are not usually issued by those they work with. Only about 5% say that they have been given questionable career advice from their co-workers and about 4% think they have gotten a problematic advice from a supervisor or a manager.
Steinitz tells that if someone needs guidance, they must make sure that the person whom they will be getting if from will have some sort of experience in this area. He also advises to cast a wide net and ask specific question about the other person’s experiences.