25 Tips to Help You Hack Your Career

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Oh, Reddit. We can always count on you to provide us with crowdsourced wisdom. Whether it’s instructions on how to fix a leaky sink, get six-pack abs or even solve a Rubik’s cube, there’s no shortage of valuable nuggets of information from people who have been there and done that. And naturally, that includes career advice too. But with such a deluge of knowledge available, who has the time to sort through what’s useful and what’s not?

Luckily for you, we’ve done the legwork this time. Below are a collection of some of the best career pointers from Reddit’s r/lifeprotips as they relate to the job search, navigating a new job, workplace communication and more. Read on, and prepare to hack your way to greatness.

Job Search Tips

1. “If you’re unemployed or underemployed, start volunteering.”

Of course, you’ll want to still engage in all the regular job seeking activities — filling out applications, scheduling informational interviews, etc. — but volunteering can be a great way to expand and tap your network for new opportunities. As the original poster of this tip says, “I joined my local Firehouse two years ago and have met hundreds of people through the firehouse itself, trainings, social events and they all want to look out for one another and help. I have a job, but I’ve seen many many people get an ‘in’ for jobs that they may not have had [otherwise]!”How to Add Volunteering & Community Service to Your Resume

2. “Write ‘Negotiable’ for Salary Desired in Job Application.”

At this early of a stage in the application process, you need to be careful about what you share around salary expectations. You certainly don’t want to price yourself out of a job opportunity, but you don’t want to sell yourself short either. Putting “negotiable” right in the application lets a recruiter know that you’ll be willing to work with them to find a salary that works for both of you.

3. “Before submitting a cover letter, do a search for the word ‘can’ and change it to ‘will’.”

This may seem like a minuscule change, but according to this tip’s original poster, this simple trick “will help employers already start picturing you as an employee while they are reading it… it prompts your potential employer [to] picture you as a member of the company instead of thinking about what you might be able to do.”

Tips on Navigating a New Job

4. “When you start a new job, ask for a copy of your future performance review sheet.”

Everyone wants to make a good impression when they start out at a new company. What better way to do that than going off of the criteria you’ll be eventually judged against anyway? Bonus: “after some time has passed, and you’ve acquired new job responsibilities, you can show your supervisor your job description and then provide a list of your additional tasks in order to negotiate a raise,” says the original poster.

5. “If you’re just starting a new job, know that the first week or so will be an emotional roller coaster. But trust that it will all get better soon when things settle in.”

The new job jitters can hit hard, but don’t automatically assume that leaving your old company was a mistake, or that you’ll never be happy at your new one. Give it at least a few months before you decide how you feel about a newer position.

6. “When you start a new job make sure to keep the job description. That way you can easily update your [resume] or LinkedIn with the new job at a later date.”

Even if you’re in love with your new job, you never know when a great new opportunity will come up, so hold onto those job descriptions. You won’t want to copy it verbatim — besides being poor form, it’ll likely fail to cover the full scope of your accomplishments — but an original job description can serve as a great reference to make sure that you’re highlighting all the key responsibilities of your position to potential employers.

Communication Tips

7. “When making an argument, a single strong point is better than one strong point and multiple weak points. Weak points become targets and weaken your entire position.”

It can be tempting to throw everything you’ve got at the wall to see what sticks, but this is actually a counterproductive move. Keep this in mind whether you’re trying to make the case for a particular business decision, asking for a promotion or any other instance in which you have to convince a colleague to see things your way….

Source: Glassdoor Blog

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