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By JFY Content Team

7 signs you’ve outgrown your job

We all have bad days at work. Sometimes, it’s more like a bad month or even a bad year.

But how do you know if it’s just a temporary work rut or a sign you’ve outgrown your job and it’s time to move on?

1. There’s no room for growth

It’s hard to stay motivated and productive when you feel like you’ve hit the top of the career ladder.
In the early stage of your career, aim to get a promotion approximately every two to three years, said career coach Dana Mayer. At mid-career level, promotions tend to slow down to around every three to five years.
“If not, you’re getting left behind,” she said.

2. You don’t feel satisfied

If you don’t feel any attachment or pride in your work, it can be difficult to stay motivated.
“When you feel like you are contributing to your company and making an impact … that is one of the main reasons people love working at a company,” said Sarah Stoddard, community expert at job review site Glassdoor.

3. You aren’t getting new opportunities to learn

A big part of career fulfillment is learning new skills and tackling new challenges.
“You need to be actively managing your own career, no one else will do that for you,” said Mayer.
Don’t be shy about raising your hand to take on added responsibilities or get more training and education to expand your role.
“If you have a lot of ideas, find another outlet for them at the current company, first look at something you aren’t doing in your current organization to scratch one of those itches,” said Matt Youngquist, founder of career coaching firm Career Horizons.

4. You don’t align with the company core values

Believing in the mission and values of a company is an important part of workplace motivation.
“If you can’t really get behind the mission or you’re not relating to the people you are working with, or you are constantly disagreeing with how senior leadership is running the company, it might not be a great fit for you,” said Stoddard.

5. Your salary hasn’t budged

If you’ve been working hard, putting in extra hours and taking on projects, but haven’t seen a meaningful increase in your pay for a few years, it might be time to look for another job.
Track the current market value for your skills, experience, and location to make sure your compensation is where it should be.
“By understanding your market worth, you can determine what a fair salary bump could look like for what you bring to the table at work. For instance, for some industries, a 2% to 3% yearly salary increase may be the status quo, while others may average closer to 5% to 10%,” said Stoddard.
The jobs with the fastest pay growth this year saw increases typically ranging from about a 4% to 10%, according to Glassdoor.

6. You become a work daydreamer

We should all have big career goals and dreams, but spending a lot of time fantasizing about “what-ifs” like what it would be like if you were the boss or switched careers, could be a sign you are ready to find a new role.
Spending your days at work doing non-work related activities like playing video games or having long conversations with colleagues can also be a red flag that you need a new challenge.

7. You watch the clock

Sure, being stuck in a meeting right before lunch might have you glancing at your watch, but you shouldn’t be counting down the minutes until it’s time to go home every day.
“The most reliable sign of whether someone is engaged in something is the passage of time,” said Youngquist.

By JFY Content Team

The consequences of lying on your CV

It can seem almost acceptable to exaggerate, stretch the truth or tell lies on a CV and think that you can get away…

However, new research demonstrates that HR professionals are becoming wise to the techniques being used by some job applicants to ensure that they secure themselves an interview for that dream job.

Here, we look at the outcomes for those who get caught lying on their CV in order to get a job and we ask why some people might think that this is an acceptable way to behave in the current market and economic conditions.

There can be many reasons why people choose not to tell the whole truth on a CV. Lots of untruths revolve mainly around qualifications and career history. While you might think that qualifications are something that are quite difficult to lie about without getting caught, a lot of employers will not insist on seeing certificates or proof of qualifications.

They will look at these, together with work history and references and if you have told a ‘little white lie’ about your degree classification or the grades you achieved in your A Levels, then these may never be discovered. However, according to the research conducted by NGA Human Resources, in situations where qualifications were found to have been exaggerated or were simply untrue, these were the areas where candidates stood the most chance of being removed from the recruitment process.

Another area where people are likely to be less than truthful is on their work history. This can be a vital part of the selection process, but if you have had gaps in your employment history, then it might be tempting to try and ‘fill them’ with roles that just didn’t exist. If candidates choose to do this, then in order to avoid being caught, they would need to include experience that would be difficult to verify, such as periods of working abroad or working for companies that no longer exist.

Again, according to the research, this was one of the areas where recruiters were most likely to spot that candidates were not being truthful, but one of the least likely reasons for candidates being removed from the recruitment process.

So what happens if you lie on your CV and you get caught? According to the research, over half of the recruiters who were surveyed said that they had previously eliminated candidates from the recruitment process who were found to have lied on their CV.

The most common area to spot where someone hadn’t told the truth was in relation to their skills, while candidates who had lied about qualifications stood the highest chance of being removed from the recruitment process.

While HR departments need to be very thorough with their checking during the recruitment process, for candidates, the message is that if you lie on your CV, you are very likely to be caught out, either during the process or once you have secured a position. The potential consequences mean that it is just not worth it.

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By JFY Content Team

4 reasons to look beyond ‘scope’ when choosing your career

Scope is a term often used in the career world. ‘Scope of biotechnology’, ‘scope of psychology in India’, ‘which career has the most scope’ are some of the most popular Google search terms related to careers in India, and they are a befitting example of our obsession with “scope” as a factor for career choice.

The ‘scope’ obession

  • Scope is imprinted in our minds to the extent that it becomes one of the primary factors in most career decisions
  • As long as a career has a good scope in the future, our interest, personality, aptitude and career-fit, nothing seems to matter
  • A preoccupation with scope can prove to be detrimental to your career choice

Here are 4 reasons why you need to look beyond the scope of a career when making your career choice:


For instance, a Google search result tells you that engineering has the most scope in the future, however, if you don’t even exhibit the basic aptitude necessary to become an engineer, then it can prove to be a disaster for you.

  • Your fit for a career depends on factors such as your aptitude, interest, personality traits, motivators, etc

If these factors do not match with the career purported to have the most scope, you would not be able to do justice to your job or feel satisfied with it.

  • Hence, the scope of your career cannot define your success in that career

The path leading to each career requires hard work, talent and skills, and the amalgamation of these determines how successful you will be — irrespective of the scope.

You might be at the top of the hierarchy in a career with less scope, or at the bottom of the hierarchy in a career with more scope.

The choice is yours.


  • ‘Scope’ is a very fluid concept and is never static

The career that might be soaring high in the job market today may fade away in the near future, and a career that doesn’t even exist today may bloom into a fully-functioning industry as time passes!

  • The dynamic nature of the world of careers creates space for novel jobs to exist with the passage of time

Fields like data science, UI/UX design, machine learning, social media marketing, blogging, ethical hacking, etc, which didn’t even exist a few decades ago, are today among the top emerging careers.

Hence, choose a field where your heart lies and the scope will be created for it over time.


  • The thought that the career you choose will not have a good future is one that scares many
  • Yet, what you are not considering is if the career is meant for you, you can do miracles and create a demand for that career yourself!

An example of such a person who wrote his own destiny is Amit Agarwal

He was India’s first professional blogger, who started his tech blog ‘The Digital Inspiration’ back in 2004 when blogging was an entirely alien concept.

  • Now, he has 3 million+ visitors on his blog every month!
  • Thus, scope exists in each and every field, and there are always people who can prove their worth through their work

Don’t miss out on something perfect for you in the blind chase behind scope!


  • People often believe that if they follow the trodden path that everyone follows, success might knock on their door
  • If a path makes one person successful, it might not throw light on other people too
  • Not realizing this, people often run behind other people so as to carve a niche for themselves

This crowd/herd mentality is more often than not the actual reason behind why some careers are professed to have a lot of scope, even when there is no actual data to support such claims.

  • This illusionary scope produced by other’s opinions might land you in trouble

Hence, trust your instincts (and counsellors) for they know where you are meant to be!


  • Scope is not the best factor to determine your perfect career, as we have already discussed
  • The intertwined threads of personality, aptitude and interest will indeed weave your best fit

Popularity may reduce demand in a career, opinion of someone else might not suit you, or a perfect career for you might exist today.

  • Thus, only you can create the need of your career and strive to do well, irrespective of its scope!


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By JFY Content Team

Check out the fastest growing job in retail


According to the data published by LinkedIn, sales function is still the most popular retail job. The relative size of sales has shrunk from a peak of 33% of all retail jobs in 2013 down to 29% in 2017.


Something big is happening in retail. In 2013, there were almost 200,000 people who identified themselves as retail associates on their LinkedIn profile—just four years later, that number plummeted to 116,000.

You can probably guess why: online shopping is more popular than ever while traditional brick-and-mortar stores are closing at record numbers.

As just one example of this trend, Walmart, the world’s biggest retailer, recently announced it was closing over 60 brick-and-mortar Sam’s Club stores—and converting some of them into distribution centers for online shopping orders. Fewer stores mean fewer sales people needed on the floor—and more online shopping means more tech people required behind the scenes.

With retail evolving so quickly, we wanted to see how the talent needs of the industry are changing, especially in regards to sales and engineering talent. The trends we found by analyzing LinkedIn data reveal that both roles in retail have changed significantly, even in just the last few years. Suddenly, software developers are the fastest-growing job in retail—and the industry now finds itself competing for a new kind of talent.

Here are the insights we found and what it means for employers and employees in retail and outside the industry.

Sales are still the most popular retail job

While the number of retail associates has fallen dramatically over the past few years, sales are still the most significant function of retail (and it’s not even close).

Sales talent makes up 29% of the workforce in retail—that’s over twice the size of the second-biggest function, operations (13%). Engineering and IT talent are the third most common type of employee in retail, representing 9% of the industry, with support (8%), marketing (6%), and other roles rounding things out.

However, the proportion of salespeople employed is shrinking

The relative size of sales has shrunk from a peak of 33% of all retail jobs in 2013 down to 29% in 2017. At the same time, engineering and IT grew from 7% to 9% of employees in retail (but more on that later).

Retail associates who leave their jobs move into administrative, customer service, and food service roles

Retail associates may feel like they’re on the unsteady ground. In the words of one former retail worker who lost her job and decided she’s done with the industry, “there is no job security anymore.” We saw that the number of retail associates had fallen quickly over the last four years—so we wanted to see where they’re going next.

Of all retail associates who took on a new job title in the last five years (whether in retail or another industry), the most common next job was administrative employee followed by customer service specialist. The third most common move wasn’t to a job at all—it was back to school as a student. Food service represented the third-most common situation of retail associates leaving the position.

As retail goes digital, engineering jobs and skills are on the rise

Despite the drop in the proportion of sales roles, other functions within retail are showing promising growth—particularly in engineering. As the president of the National Retail Federation said in a recent interview, “many retailers see tremendous growth in very specialized positions, especially technology—whether that’s data science or engineering or cybersecurity.”

The percent of retail employees in engineering roles rose from 7% in 2013 to 9% in 2017. That might not sound like a lot, but the speed of the increase is striking—especially when you look at job titles. When analyzed the most common jobs in retail (grouping jobs into generic categories to control for slight differences in titles), there was one huge outlier.

The software developer is now the third-most common job in retail, rising from the eighth-most common in 2013

When you think “software developer,” you don’t usually think retail—but that may soon change. Sure, the salesperson is still the #1 job, but the increase in software developers is a shocking shift in just four years.

With developers now the third-most common job in the industry, we wondered exactly what skills were most common among retail developers.

The most common and fastest-growing skills for developers in retail revolve around the web and user experience

The single most popular skill among retail developers was Java, a pervasive programming language that’s particularly well-suited to web applications (which could be useful for building an e-commerce store). JavaScript and HTML, the second- and fourth-most common skills, are fundamental to website development, while SQL (the third-most common skill) is used to access and edit databases (which could be useful for tracking inventory and customers).

The fastest-growing skill for developers in retail is React.js, a JavaScript library that’s used for building user interfaces—which makes sense since e-commerce retailers are increasingly focused on delivering excellent user experience.

Unsurprisingly, many of the skills most unique to retail developers (compared to all other software developers) deal with challenges central to retail—including warehouse management system (WMS) implementation, supply chain optimization, and Oracle Retail, a cloud computing technology that, according to Oracle, “empowers retailers to deliver unified consumer experiences across e-commerce and brick and mortar locations.”

Almost everyone knows the retail industry is shifting—the move to online shopping and the closure of many traditional stores is visible in our everyday lives. But the composition of the industry’s talent is shifting, too. The number of sales associates, traditionally the backbone of retail, is shrinking, as many looks for opportunities elsewhere.

In their place, the e-commerce trend has brought an engineering boom—meaning retail is yet another industry competing for tech talent as it transforms itself (e.g., the finance industry is also rebranding itself in an attempt to attract more tech talent). The brick-and-mortar to e-commerce story is part of a much more significant trend towards tech skills, which makes for a fiercely competitive market among employers in retail and beyond.


Insights on the retail industry’s workforce composition, hiring trends, popular job titles, and skills are drawn from LinkedIn’s aggregate member data. Functions are classes of job roles, inferred by job title. Job titles are standardized to control for slight variations.

For this analysis, the retail industry comprises companies of at least 100 employees that sell general merchandise (e.g., supermarkets), sell specialty goods, or sell online as e-commerce businesses.

We analyzed the skills of software developers at retail companies to find their top skills (by volume of members), fastest-growing skills (calculated by percentage of  retail developers adding that skill in last 6 months), and most unique skills (calculated by comparing the percentage of retail developers with specific skills against the percentage of all software developers with those skills).

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By JFY Content Team

First job? Here are tips to prepare for day one in office

As the first impression is the last impression, it’s very important for every new joinee to give their best. The first job is always challenging, yet overwhelming, and prepares an individual for the new role.

After acing a tough job interview, it’s time to prepare for your first job. As the first-day approaches, one may feel a bit nervous and hesitant. Working in a company as a fresher can be an incredible learning experience. The first job is a stepping stone for every individual’s career. As the first impression is the last impression, it’s very important for every new joinee to give their best. The first job is always challenging, yet overwhelming, and prepares an individual for the new role.

It is like an adventure, where an individual inculcates new skill-set, which helps to build confidence. One must be polite and should be respectful towards their co-workers and should maintain a good relationship with them. This will help in building up one’s reputation. As a new joinee, try to volunteer for new projects which help an individual to get an insight of the new position.

Never forget to give credit and always thank people when needed. For every individual, the first job is a learning experience. There are certain tips that every individual should adhere to, to make it a memorable journey.

Planning an outfit for the office

An individual is usually judged by the way they dress-up. It’s important to be aware of the HR policies and the dress code, followed by the organization. Business casuals are very prevalent these days as some companies preach on having a relaxed atmosphere. However, some basic professional attire must still be maintained. Planning the most appropriate outfit for the first job is important and selection of attire should be given more priority and contemplation.

Arriving office on time

One must try to reach office fifteen minutes prior to the designated time to avoid any unforeseen events on the way. Prior to the first day at work, it’s better to practice the commute a couple of times during peak hours, to check traffic snarls and the real-time taken to reach office. Always have an alternate itinerary ready, which might be helpful in case an individual is stuck in traffic. Individual must plan their office route and should search online maps to select the best route, before leaving their house.

Prerequisite check

It’s always better to create a checklist the night before, instead of leaving anything for the morning, as it might create a panic situation. Create a checklist that can be followed on a regular basis, which helps an individual to remain calm and composed. Planning a prerequisite check on office essentials can prevent morning chaos. One must plan their outfit and pack their purse the night before, so as to avoid any turmoil.

Inculcate the best practice

While trying to make a good first impression, don’t forget to observe the workplace and seniors. One should be an efficient observer and listener in order to understand the workplace and their new role. Observe the performers and try to inculcate the best practices to achieve the pinnacle of success.


First job is definitely a milestone in one’s career, so anything related to it is very special. After clearing the test and cracking the interview, it’s time to get ready for the first job, so that an individual can walk in with confidence and can make a good impression. A due-diligence search on the company and one’s job profile boosts one’s confidence. Following these guidelines can make their first job a worthwhile experience for an individual, which in turn help them to achieve their milestone of success.


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Inputs from Ashish agarwal, Founder, WORKNRBY

By JFY Content Team

Get Your Dream Job With These 12 Resume Tips

We all want to land our dream job and have a career that interests us and that we love going into each day. The first step to this is your resume. So, here are 12 tips to improve it and set you up on the road to success.

1. Grab The Recruiter’s Attention

The first few sentences of your resume need to make a good impression on a potential recruiter. Use strong words, highlight the most relevant details or achievements, and think about which qualities need to be demonstrated in the industry you are interested in.

2. Write A Strong Summary

 Your summary should be short and straight to the point. Explain how your unique skills, talents, and experiences will translate into the things the recruiter is looking for.

You can write a few sentences at the top of your resume, or use bullet points. This is where your most important qualifications should be highlighted.

3. Customize Your Resume

Don’t send out the same resume for every position you apply to. Take the time to customize your summary to address the skills the recruiter is likely to look for. You might also need to make a few changes to the rest of your resume, for instance to draw attention to a previous work experience that is particularly relevant to the position you are going after.

4. Use Keywords

 Read the job description carefully and look for the keywords used by the recruiter. Some employers use software to automatically scan resumes for these keywords, while others will read resumes and expect to find these keywords. Using the same keywords as a potential employer shows you have the right skills for the job, and shows you’re speaking the employer’s language and will fit right in.

5. Skip The Objectives

Stating what your professional goals and objectives are is not relevant in most situations. Most professional resume writers suggest you use this space for other valuable information. Focus on showing employers what you can do for them, and talk about your objectives during the job interview if the recruiter asks questions.

6. Keep It Short

Your resume shouldn’t be more than two pages long. You will only need one page if you have limited work experience. Your list of relevant skills and the description of your most recent or most relevant positions should take up the most space on your resume.

7. Stand Out From The Rest

Don’t limit yourself to listing previous job responsibilities. Recruiters aren’t looking for job descriptions. They want to find out about the skills you developed thanks to previous work experiences and about your achievements. Tell recruiters how you excelled in your previous positions.

8. Use Numbers When You Can

If you can, add some numbers to show recruiters what kind of difference you made. Talk about sales numbers, conversion rates, or about how much money you helped a previous employer save.

9. References Are Available Upon Request

There is no need to list your references on your resume. Add a single line to let a recruiter know you can share this information if needed.

10. Your Personality Is Important

Your resume should give recruiters the impression that you are an interesting and dynamic person. There is no need to talk about personality traits but look for ways to make your personality shine through when a recruiter looks at your resume. You could mention volunteer activities, or hobbies as long as they demonstrate that you possess certain skills.

11. Get Some Feedback

Have a friend look at your resume and ask for an honest opinion. Your friend might be able to spot mistakes you missed and will tell you whether or not they would consider calling you to schedule a job interview if they received this resume.

12. Don’t Forget To Proofread

Spelling and grammar mistakes won’t make a good impression on a potential employer. You might not notice mistakes until you go back to your resume later. You should also pay attention to the presentation. Make sure everything is consistent, properly aligned, and easy to read.

By JFY Content Team

Nine Tips To Help You Stand Out At Your Next Job Interview

Here are a few things that I think are important and helpful:

    • Ask for names and roles of everyone you are meeting; and if possible get the interview loop/schedule so you know how much time you will be spending with each and in what order.
    • Research each person with whom you are meeting – e.g., look them up on Quora, LinkedIn, Facebook and don’t forget YouTube. Seeing a person speak on video is great preparation for what to expect with respect to their personality and style. Plus, diving into their published content will give you more to talk with them about, help inform your questions, and potentially help highlight your preparation to the interviewer.
    • Research the company generally. Know the basic stats on size and state of the company, and try to develop a view on the top 3 strengths and the top 3 weaknesses/issues the company faces. If you can think through and be prepared to articulate how you can reinforce the strengths and help make progress on the issues, then even better.
  • Research the company specifically on I find that there are typically elements of truth to the themes that surface there, and it is a good way to get a feel for what to expect culturally and again this preparation can help to inform your questions. That said, I have rarely read a Glassdoor summary without seeing one review that was probably written by a disgruntled former employee. Two points make a line, I usually discount the random one-off “rant” that too often is allowed to surface there.
  • Talk to trusted people in your network who work at the company if you can. Try (subtly) to get as much inside scoop as you can on the company and the people you are going to meet.
  • Obviously be prepared to articulate your background, why you have made the choices you have made over time, why you want the job, why you would be good for the job and why you would fit it in with the culture.
  • Relax and be ready for and open to the unexpected. If you worry, you will distract your mind from the conversation. Think of the interview as a game or a puzzle, or even just a chance to meet someone who is interesting and learn something new. The less nervous you are, the better you will do. Be disciplined about this. It is just a conversation, the worst thing that can happen is that they don’t ask you back. Don’t take it personally, it happens to everyone.
  • (Hopefully, this is instinctive but of course) Be nice to the people who schedule your time at the company. I have definitely passed on a candidate more than once who interviewed well but treated my friend/ colleague badly.
  • This is not really prep but seriously – send thank you notes/emails to all whom you talked to. We don’t typically give out interviewer email addresses at Quora BUT you can always send a thank you message via LinkedIn. I don’t pass on candidates just because of this, but I definitely notice.

By JFY Content Team

Your next job interview may be over the phone – here’s how to prepare

When most of us think about job interviews, we often think about what we’d wear, how we’d present ourselves and the firmness of our handshake. But the truth is not all interviews involve meeting a potential employer in person, but rather over-the-phone.

“Many companies use phone interviews to screen candidates for the next round of interviews,” says Paul Wolfe, senior vice president of human resources at Indeed Canada. “For some companies, phone interviews may also be the best way to interview out-of-town candidates and for remote positions, a phone interview could be the only interview format possible.”

And according to Angela Payne, general manager of Monster Canada, phone interviews are popular because they’re an efficient and easy way to gauge the first impression of a potential new employee.

Preparing for a phone interview is much like preparing for in-person interviews, Wolfe says. But with this format, the focus is less on your appearance and more on your delivery.

“Remember that this will be a brief interview, so practice keeping your answers short and on topic,” Wolfe says. “Unlike in-person interviews, the interviewer cannot see body language or facial expressions, so your intonation, voice, and responses need to convey your energy and enthusiasm for the role.”

“In terms of delivery, your voice is your number one asset,” Payne adds. “Make sure your voice is steady and confident and you’re speaking at a clear pace.”

These types of interviews may also include more surface-level questions about the job you’re applying for, Payne says. So if you anticipate a short interview, prepare to get your key points across early.

So to help you prepare for your impending phone interview, Wolfe and Payne offer some tips to help you either move onto the next round of the process and/or land that job.

1. Take the call from a landline and in a quiet place

Landlines provide the best quality in terms of hearing the person on the other end, Payne says. You’re less likely to have to deal with any technical issues. But if you don’t have a landline, at least find a quiet and open space so that your cell signal is clear and there aren’t any noises in the background.

2. Treat a phone interview as an in-person interview

Phone interviews may seem less formal, but they are just as important as in-person interviews, Wolfe says, so be sure to prepare in advance and do your research.

Also, remember this is likely to be your first impression on a potential employer, Payne adds. So communicate and follow up just as you would with a regular interview.

3. Dress accordingly

“Although your employer won’t see what you look like, getting cleaned up will help you get in the right frame of mind, just like you would in the workplace,” Payne says.

4. Write down or highlight the skills the job description calls for

As you prepare, take note of the phrases and terms you might want to use in your responses, Wolfe suggests.

So if a position you’re applying for calls for data-driven problem solving, expect to be asked about your analytical skills, and make sure to include specific examples in your career that apply.

5. Prepare your answers to key questions

You may be asked important questions like, “Why do you want to leave your current job?” or “Are you willing to relocate for this position?” Wolfe points out.

“Think about these types of questions in advance and be prepared to talk through your experience and why you think you’re the best fit for the role.”

6. Stand up while speaking and make sure to smile

“Research has shown that you project your voice better when you’re standing up,” Payne says. “You’ll find yourself feeling a little more confident and knowledgeable too.”

And don’t forget to smile while speaking, she adds.

“Smiles are heard through your voice even though they can’t be seen,” Payne says.

7. Have you résumé, cover letter and company information in front of you

Without a doubt, you will be asked about the experience listed on your résumé, Payne says, so make sure you have the details in front of you so you don’t stumble or leave anything out.

And don’t forget to research the company, Wolfe says.

“If you haven’t already, it is crucial that you research the company before your interview,” Wolfe advises. “It’s important to consider and highlight why you think the company you’re applying to is a good fit for you.”

8. Ask questions

Like you would for an in-person interview, prepare two to three questions you want to ask the hiring manager about the company and role, Wolfe says. This will show the recruiter your level of interest in the position and it will help determine if the company and job are a right fit for you.


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By JFY Content Team

15 Pieces Of The Best Career Advice Successful Business Leaders Ever Received

Throughout your life, you will always receive career advice – some bad and some good. What you do with the advice you receive is up to you, but in some instances, it can prove to be invaluable. A report from CNBC showed that the top women CEOs received valuable career advice from their moms that they still adhere to today.

Whether you have received advice from a mentor, peer or family member, it can help change the course of how you go about your career and the path you decide to take.

Below, 15 Forbes Agency Council members share the best career advice that they ever received and how it helped them throughout their journey.

1. Work Hard, Play Harder

In the creative industry, hours are long. You must work hard to succeed. But to be inspired and keep your finger on the pop culture pulse, you also really need to play hard. You need to get out there and live life. See the play. Hear the music. Go on the trip. A life lived solely behind a computer screen leaves little to the imagination. – Abby DowningZinePak

2. Avoid Being Paralyzed By Fear

When I graduated from college, I interviewed 300+ people about their best career advice. Not to downgrade their advice, but the best career lesson came from a fainting goat. Adult fainting goats experience temporary paralysis when they face fear. On the other hand, baby fainting goats know nothing about fear and move about the farm freely. The key to a career: Avoid being paralyzed by fear. – Brett FarmiloeMarkitors

3. Have A Path But Be Flexible

Have a general career path in mind, build relationships along that path, and be willing to accept challenges even if it seems they may lead you down a different path. You never know where those may lead. – Brian SullivanSullivan Branding

4. Don’t Let Others Manage Your Career

One of my mentors always said don’t let others manage your career because you will be unhappy with the results. What he meant by management is focusing on what skills and experiences you need to ultimately be in your dream job. I managed my moves carefully, making sure that I built the right skills to be a CEO. In the end, he was right and I am happy with the outcome. – Gina MichnowiczUnion+Webster

5. Earn Their Trust

The best piece of career advice I ever received was “earn their trust.” Whether it’s a client, a coworker, a vendor or a boss, once you have earned someone’s trust, new opportunities, information and cooperation come your way. I’ve found this to be true for the more than three decades of my career. – Drew McLellanAgency Management Institute

6. Fight For Happiness

A fairy tale misconception is that happiness (in work or in life) is presented to you by someone else (like a knight in shining armor). Truth is, your life, happiness, sense of balance and even how people treat you, are completely in your control. But the kicker is you have to fight for these things each day. – Jaymie Scotto CutaiaJaymie Scotto & Associates

7. Learn Something New Every Day

The pace of business is grueling and the energy required is exhausting. But, as one of my trusted mentors reminded me, our brain needs exercise each day. He suggested to seek new knowledge and become a student of the industry I serve, of my profession, as well as in parenting and in my faith. Learning something new is a privilege we can ill-afford to sacrifice. – Dave WendlandHamacher Resource Group

8. Treat Everyone How You Want To Be Treated

Anyone who comes in contact with your business or employees deserves to be treated with kindness and respect. I’ve held to this belief when dealing with rude inquiries, tough clients and bullying peers. The result is a company with a reputation for helping others, sticking to their word and producing results while being courteous. – Leila LewisBe Inspired PR

9. Don’t Be The Smartest One In The Room

Oftentimes, leaders feel that they need to be the “smartest guy or gal” in the room, and that couldn’t be further from the truth. Good leaders are the smartest one in the room, great leaders surround themselves with smarter people that will challenge ideas, bring new perspectives to the table and drive innovation. – Jacob HansonPR with Panache!

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10. Improve, Don’t Perfect

Success doesn’t come overnight. The ascent toward your vision is long and steep, but only you can see it, so don’t be so hard on yourself. Start climbing and you’ll realize you’re on a never-ending hike. Strive for constant improvement, not perfection. – Lindsay MullenProsper Strategies

11. Never Complain When There’s A Lot Of Work

I was told by a mentor very early on that I should never complain when there’s a lot of work to do. I agree and tell my team the same thing. Be thankful there’s work to do. When something becomes easy or routine, it’s a clear sign you’re not growing. – Nicole RodriguesNRPR Group, LLC

12. Don’t Tie Your Sense Of Self-Worth To Your Job

Regardless of how good/bad your job is going at any time, you’re a valued individual regardless. If you’re finding that your emotions are held hostage to how you’re performing at work, it’s time to rethink your priorities and what truly matters to you. – Jeff TanDentsu Aegis Network

13. Slay The Dragon

Dragons take on many forms – the hardest task of the day, a new responsibility, an impending deadline, or even dealing with conflict – and the trick is to just slay the dragon and move on. Don’t overthink it. To succeed, you have to have the confidence to take things head on and keep moving forward. – Sarah MannoneTrekk

14. Market Yourself 

When I started my career, I was told, “Market yourself because no one else will do it for you.” I passed along every “great job!” email to my managers and then filed them away to read again whenever I needed a pick-me-up. I shared the work I had done of which I was proud and others might not be aware. And I counsel everyone I mentor to do the same. If you don’t have your own back, who will? – Starr Million BakerINK

15. You Are The CEO Of Your Life

As entrepreneurs, we’re going to work 100-hour weeks and get little thanks. So we have to be clear about our “why.” If you can think of anything else you’d rather be doing with your time, then what you’re doing today is not right. When you fully, deeply commit to your “why,” the grind is just part of the game. My “why” is to breathe life into the dreams of entrepreneurs. I can’t get enough of that. – Randy ShattuckThe Shattuck Group

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By JFY Content Team

Top 5 High Paying Jobs in India

Bagging a high-paying job is not easy in any corner of the world. You can either work smart and build a credible profile or work hard in the job to get promoted.

Securing the high-paying job is another challenge in itself. You need to acquire a deep knowledge and proper qualifications from good institutes. If you are looking for a job right out of college or, looking to switch the job to become a millionaire. We have listed top 5 jobs that aspiring millionaires can pursue.

1. Management Professional

Management professionals are at the soul of any organization. The job of a manager includes various tasks in the organization. Professionals at the higher levels can demand a big amount as a salary. The job of managers includes a lot of hard work even at the entry level.
Average salary:

Entry level – Rs 300,000

Mid-career – Rs 25,00,000

Experienced – Rs 80,00,000

2. Investment Banker

Investment bankers trying to raise capital for the company deal with a lot of money. Although the job of investment bankers include sensitive matters and high risk, it comes with a good number of perks.

Average salary:

Entry level – Rs 12,00,000

Mid-career – Rs 30,00,000

Experienced – Rs 50,00,000+

3. Chartered Accountant (CA)

Chartered Accountant (CA) needs to hold a command over Business and Accountancy. The job of a CA is critical for any business. The professional has to be extraordinarily well-groomed.

Average salary:

Entry level – Rs 5,50,000

Mid-career – Rs 12,80,000

Experienced – Rs 25,70,000

4. Business Analyst

The growing competition among businesses in India makes the job of a business analyst critical. Business Analysts need to be able to analyze the competition in any market. Companies prefer to higher professionals with high IQ and logical mind. Business analysts are expected to bring some level of experience before applying for any job.

Salary – approximately Rs 6 lakh per annum

5. Aviation Professionals

The individuals working in aviation sector often get high salaries. The sector employs individuals across all professional positions. The popular jobs in aviation include commercial pilot, helicopter pilot, and aircraft maintenance engineer. The candidate applying for a job needs to have a relevant educational background and a decent amount of experience.

Average salary:

Commercial Pilot – Rs 20,00,000

Helicopter Pilot – Rs 18,00,000

Aircraft maintenance engineer – Rs 9,80,000

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