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140 career tips in 140 characters or less

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Everyone needs a little help. That’s why we’re all here.

We’ve given a lot of career advice on this site, reported a lot of career and workplace news, and discussed many work and job-related studies, like the one that found bosses are more likely to be psychopaths than underlings.

Here, we’ve condensed a large part of all that information into bite-sized chunks, perfect for checking out now, filing away for later, or sharing.

We’ve got all the tips you will ever need on resume writing, job searching, workplace behaviour and just general information.

We hope you find these 140 career tips in 140 characters useful!

General career-related tips, news and advice

1. Successful people don’t lie to themselves, they don’t give up and they do whatever it takes.

2. “We’ll keep you in mind for future positions,” is just one of the lies employers tell you.

3. Social intelligence is one of the skills you’ll need for the jobs of 2020.

4. Being funny can add to your success. Target yourself first.

5. If you have a big ego, people are more likely to overlook your mistakes.

6. Wear glasses and dye your hair brown are among the ways to seem smarter than you really are.

7. Charismatic people listen, remember names and tell good stories.

8. Cold calling is not dead. Go ahead. Cold call.

9. Never leave anyone else to clean up your mess.

10. Don’t take it personally. Maybe the reason you didn’t get the job has nothing to do with you.

11. Middle initials increase people’s perception of your status and intellect.

12. NEVER say “That’s not my job.”

13. If everyone around you is an idiot, the problem is probably you.

14. Top leaders value personality over skills. Work on those people skills.

15. Never say “I can’t.”

16. If you want to know what someone thinks of you, look at their feet.

17. There is one word that can basically ruin your credibility, and it is “basically.”

18. Don’t be afraid to admit you don’t know. Allowing others to teach you isn’t the same as admitting you’re stupid.

19. Liars, drunks, and reactionaries are quick to wind up unemployed and unemployable.

20. You can earn an extra $732,000 by going to school.

21. If you don’t go to university, be self-taught, be innovative, & develop your skills on your own to get ahead.

22. Cup your chin and look confident, even when you’re shaking inside.

23. Don’t “follow your passion.”

24. Jobseekers need to realize that looking for a job is a job.

25. Never wear orange to a job interview.

26. Give up on your dream job.

27. Don’t apply for a job on Saturday.

28. If you don’t want to lose your job to a robot, become a surgeon.

29. Can’t find work? Move to Saskatchewan.

30. Chat colleagues up & find a mentor to succeed in the first 20 days on the job.

31. Don’t quit your job. Employed candidates are more valuable than unemployed candidates.

32. “The most important thing for people to recognize is that you can’t control the final outcome of your decisions.”

33. If you want to make money, don’t study counseling psychology.

34. Men: grow facial hair & people will view you more positively.

35. Don’t check your texts during business lunches. Geez.

36. Don’t cry at work, you big baby.

37. Have more sex to earn more money. Or vice versa. We’re not sure but people who have more sex also earn more money.

38. Get fired to kickstart your life.

39. Go into nursing and you’ll never be out of work.

40. “Find something you like to do. Work hard to become good at it. Be as nice as possible to everyone you meet.”

41. North America need technicians.

42. Men with deeper voices make more money. Have a deeper voice.

43. You need to make your psychopath boss like you.

The resume: crafting one that gets you the job

44. Don’t write that your employer “fried you for no reason.” It will get your resume tossed.

45. Learn the proper use of “there,” “their,” and “they’re,” for Pete’s sake.

46. Back up your claims of accomplishment with real, measurable data to write a Google-worthy resume.

47. Employers view resumes for fewer than 11 seconds.

48. Never use the terms “proactive,” “results-driven,” or “go-getter” on your resume.

49. Skip “Duties included.” It’s one of 10 most over-used words and phrases in Canadian resumes.

50. Don’t try to impress with adverbs. Employers can see right through you.

51. If your keywords and phrases don’t match those in the ATS, your resume won’t be read by real person.

52. Don’t include time spent in jail for assaulting a former boss in your resume.

53. Employers can spot a generic application in a nanosecond, and they don’t like it.

Online & tech. Are you savvy?

54. Don’t let social media turn you into a disconnected psychopath.

55. FYI, weirdos. LinkedIn is NOT a dating site.

56. Everyone on Twitter hates your auto DMS. STOP SENDING THEM.

57. Don’t post a selfie as your LinkedIn photo.

58. Use Dropbox to help with your job search.

59. Poor grammar & spelling on social media is worse for your job prospects than guns or alcohol. I didn’t make that up.

The search: insights about what hiring managers are looking for and where to look

60. If what you’re doing isn’t working, stop doing it & try something else.

61. Mondays are the best day to apply for a job.

62. Not getting hired? Check if you have a police record you didn’t know about.

63. People want what they can’t have. Apply the scarcity heuristic to your job search.

64. Double check your reference to make sure they’re not sabotaging you.

65. If salary is your biggest concern, don’t tell the hiring manager.

66. Don’t call to follow up on your application.

67. Improve your analytical & research skills to make yourself more employable.

68. Try giving instead of asking to make yourself instantly more hirable.

69. Don’t get frustrated. It takes an average of 16 weeks to get a new job.

70. Don’t focus in the cover letter. Nobody reads it.

71. If they’re too eager to hire you, maybe you shouldn’t take the job.

72. People with poor grammar skills don’t rise to the top.

73. Remember that the job search isn’t about you, but about showing a potential employer what you can do for them.

74. Have a better sense of humour than the other guy, and you’ll get the job.

75. Nobody is going to give you a chance. Convince them to take one on you.

76. Develop social media, marketing, and programming skills to double your chance of getting hired.

77. Learn to read the hidden messages coded into job descriptions.

78. People skills are the most important skills to CEOs.

79. Clean up, and stop acting so desperate or nobody will ever hire you.

80. Only apply for jobs that you actually qualify for and be one of the 2% that gets an interview.

81. If you’re looking for a job, be innovative, and try something new, like selling yourself on eBay.

82. Showcase your confidence and curiosity to impress hiring managers. That’s what they say they’re looking for.

83. Entry-level candidates MUST HAVE a positive attitude & strong work ethic.

84. Don’t be too attractive, or you won’t get the job!

Acing the interview. Go get ‘em, Tiger!

85. If they don’t ask for references, the interview isn’t going well.

86. If you didn’t like your former boss, lie and say you did.

87. Do wear pants! Don’t show up drunk! Don’t smoke at the job interview!

88. Never say “no” when an interviewer asks if you have any questions for them.

89. Open with a story to break the job interview ice.

90. You have to “ask for the job.” Don’t assume the interviewer knows you want it.

91. The biggest job interview mistake people make is not being prepared.

92. Show you are capable of thinking on your feet by giving great answers to weird questions.

93. Thinking and acting confident actually becomes self-fulfilling.

94. Always wash your hands after you use the restroom (career advice, but also just good life advice).

95. Prepare for any kind of interview by expecting the unexpected.

96. Prepare your answers to the most commonly asked job interview questions. Don’t get caught off guard.

97. Always ask about the next step and be sure to follow up.

98. Don’t assume you should wear a suit. Research the culture of a workplace before the interview & dress appropriately.

99. Bring an article about the company or their annual report to the interview with you.

100. You can actually be too enthusiastic about the job. Don’t come across as over-eager.

101. Gentlemen: remain calm. Appearing nervous in the interview hurts men more than it hurts women.

The jobs and what they are, and what they pay

102. You don’t need a degree to earn $100,000.

103. Want to be a $100,000 waitress? Be amazing.

104. Combine the traditional law degree with a more specialized degree to make more money.

105. Want to make $$ moonlighting? Try dog walking, tutoring or bartending.

106. If you want one of the best jobs in the world, don’t become a lumberjack.

107. Look to the future. Become a garbage designer.

108. Don’t become a fashion model or TV host for the money. They earn a lot less than you think.

109. You don’t have to be a lawyer or doctor to make the big bucks.

110. Relationships actually do matter more than money when it comes to happiness.

111. If you want to make a lot of money, become a specialist physician.

112. Landing a first job can be a challenge for young workers, but employers are actively seeking entry-level candidates.

113. Don’t take no for an answer if you don’t land your dream internship the first time around.

114. Saving will get you rich faster than earning a lot of money.

115. Stay in school to land one of the highest-paying jobs in Canada.

116. Looking for a new career path. Try “Transhumanist consultant.”

117. Create a powerful career path with technology + business management or marketing + expertise at a skilled trade.

118. Change directions and become a “full-time wiener peeler.”

119. Don’t become a “social media expert” if you still want to have a job in 10 years.

120. Dentistry, forestry, & optometry are degrees with 100% employment six months after graduation.

121. You must keep up with the latest cultural and technological trends.

122. Consider trades and hospitality for jobs that always have openings

123. We will always need carpenters & lawyers. Try these if you want a secure profession.

124. If you value work/life balance, don’t go into marketing.

The Workplace, co-workers, doing your job, and getting along

125. Don’t wear leggings instead of pants to work. Just don’t.

126. Don’t throw paperweights at your co-workers.

127. To improve you creativity by 60%, get up and go for a walk.

128. Never ask for a raise on a Wednesday.

129. Not sorry? Apologize anyway.

130. Take a shower, don’t gossip and don’t abuse sick days if you don’t want your colleagues to hate you.

131. Your boss should never ask you to pick up his Viagra.

132. Flout conventional dress norms and people will think you’ve got more clout than you actually do.

133. Be grateful you’ve never been fired on Facebook of over an intercom.

134. When you feel the wind turning against you, it’s probably better not to wait for the axe to fall.

135. Don’t believe the lies TV tells you about the workplace.

136. Suspect someone at work is a psychopath? Look for an overuse of “self focus” words.

137. “Give others credit where it is due, and take personal accountability for mistakes.”

138. If you get fired, be sure to leave gracefully, be polite and professional.

139. If dealing with workplace bullying, make notes of every incident, what was said, who was present, and the outcome.

140. Disrupting the flow is one of the worst things you can do at work.

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