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Golden Guide Career Advice

Golden Guide Career Advice

Golden Guide Career Advice

Golden Guide Career Advice is a new series from the AMA in partnership with Lydia Lazar, author of Dean Lazar’s Golden Guide: Pragmatic Career Advice for Smart Young People.

Do you have a career question? Contact Lazar at deardeanlazar@gmail.com—the answer may appear in a future post.

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No. 16: Use Your Time Wisely

Be intentional and make good choices with your time, however fleeting it may seem.

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No. 15: Get in the Game!

You can’t turn down what hasn’t been offered. Take a more aggressive job-seeking approach.

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No. 14: Use Your (Key)Words

Copy the keywords used by those who have the job(s) you want!

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No. 13: Enhance Your Digital Footprint

Influence what employers see about you online.

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No. 12: Read Your Way to Success

Widen your approach to information-gathering. Read deeply, critically and voraciously.

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No. 11: Protect Your Reputation

Your ability to grow in a career hinges on the protection of your personal brand and reputation.

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No. 10: Find Advocates for Your Success

Build your personal Board of Directors.

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No. 9: Practice Small Talk with Strangers

Invest in yourself by getting to know others around you.

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No. 8: ABC=Always Be Connecting

Invest in yourself by getting to know others around you.

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No. 7: Build Your Own Social Capital

Continuously invest time and attention in socializing and networking.

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No. 6: Build a Professional Ecosystem

Networking and socializing are the keys to finding your niche in the work ecosystem of your choice. Get out there and talk to people.

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No. 5: Contribute to the Greater Good

Think globally, act locally.

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No. 4: Be Intentional and Strategic

Focus your attention, continually motivate yourself and take steps to grow and prosper in your career.

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No. 3: You Are in Control

You are the person who will be living your life, and you must drive the career car.

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No. 2: Use Your Resources

Go to the library or a local bookstore. Look for mentors and advisers in your workplace and community.

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No. 1: Make Greatness a Routine

“You are what you repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.”—Aristotle