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Our career advice columnist offers the best tips that he has accrued in his 30-plus years on the job. Best-selling author Martin Yate, a career coach and former HR professional, takes your questions each week about how to further your career in HR. Contact him at the e-mail address at the end of this column.
Experts give advice based on their professional perspective and experience: Ask a headhunter and an HR recruiter for advice on how to land an interview, and you will get entirely different answers. Every expert's point of view is distorted by his or her professional experience, and in a world of specialization, that expert's frame of reference can be rather narrow.
I have been in this business for more than 30 years as a headhunter, an HR director for a technology division of a publicly traded company, and a training and development director for a multinational employment services division of another public company. I've hired and fired people, won promotions, been recruited, and weathered more than my fair share of rough waters. My unique work history in the field of career management gives me a wide frame of reference for the issues: I've seen the problems we all face, not from one narrow viewpoint, but from many points of the compass.
Perhaps that's why my books have been published in more than 60 languages, giving me the honor of being a global and perennially best-selling careers author. I've been writing about career management issues every day for decades, giving me constant interaction with all levels of professionals experiencing every conceivable challenge, and my diverse (or motley if you prefer) background enables me to add to the discussion with practicality and largely without bias.
Now I'm going to give you twelve pieces of advice that, given the above observations, haven't necessarily come from career experts but rather from all the very smart people I've had the good fortune to meet along the way. These are absolute gems of wisdom that I've adapted and have been proven to me by their long-term application in my own life. I sincerely believe them to be building blocks for any intelligently managed career.
Have a question for Martin about advancing or managing your career? From big issues to small, please feel free to e-mail your queries to YourCareerQA@shrm.org. We'll only publish your first name and city, unless you prefer to remain anonymous—just let us know.
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