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When you find staff behaving questionably, it might just be that they’re following ‘career advice’ from their friends and family.
According to a recent survey from staffing firm Accountemps, two-thirds (66%) of workers have received bad career advice, with friends (35%) being the most likely to give them a bum steer.
Other common purveyors of questionable career guidance included parents (14%), siblings or other family members (10%), mentors (9%), coworkers (5%), and managers (4%).
The survey also uncovered some of the worst career advice given including:
- “Lie on your resume, they expect you to.” – Friend
- “Be conservative in your work so you’re not given too many responsibilities.” – Friend
- “Make your resume very detailed and very long.” – Friend
- “Stick it out as long as possible, even if you hate it.” – Parent
- “Don’t practice for the interview.” – Parent
- “Don’t be friends with coworkers.” – Parent
- “Apply absentmindedly without doing research.” – Career counselor
- “Take credit for others’ work so you can get ahead.” – Mentor
- “Stay in a role rather than grow within the company.” – Boss
- “Respond with the first thing that pops into your head during an interview.” – Sibling or other family member
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