Career Advice and When to Take It

You recently emailed a woman you’ve long admired in the business world. She really seems to get your industry, and has become successful trusting her own intuition and savvy. She actually responded to your email and is willing to review your online portfolio.

YES! This is the moment you’ve been waiting for. What is that “secret sauce” an employer is looking for? How does your portfolio stack up to others and what can help you stand out?

She then sends you a series of bullets on things you “absolutely need” to fix before you apply to that job position you’ve been eyeing. While you agree your copy could be more concise, you love the layout and think the color composition makes the images pop while still providing a clean look. Your heart sinks in disappointment.

Have you ever been there? I recently did a poll of women in my network for advice on…well, when should you take advice?

“As an entrepreneur, there are many factors in the deciding process to juggle, some that are not guided by the spirit of advice, but by finances, culture, work product, etc. I think of the ramifications of a decision and then sprinkle in some advice.”  Kimberly Eberl, Founder & CEO, Motion PR

“There are a number of factors but I believe surrounding yourself with positive individuals is the first step in knowing they want the best for you. I also think trusting one’s intuition or ‘gut’ is key. Take the advice, and if it makes sense for your goals, follow it – if not, see what works best for you and your career!” – Jessica Ortiz, Director of Communications, Selective Search, LLC

“Advice is like a buffet – you can take and leave what you like. You don’t have to take every piece of advice to heart.” – Molly Sustar, Global Communication Director, Workplace Design + Connectivity, Nike

“Feedback is a gift, as long as it’s good and coming from a good place.” – Anonymous, Editor

The common theme I found among my peers was that you have to be looking to people who are not only respected, intelligent and leaders in their fields, but those that will be your cheerleader and advocate along the way. It’s a lot easier to take advice from someone that you know wants to see you succeed.

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