We’ve addressed the topic of assumptions before in this blog. In fact, we recently published a blog post for employers about “The Most Dangerous Assumption an Employer Can Make in an Interview.”
Today, though, we’re turning our attention to job seekers and candidates in terms of assumptions. That’s because, like hiring managers, job seekers and candidates are human beings. As human beings, they are also prone to making assumptions . . . and then suffering whatever consequences those assumptions bring.
Now, there are plenty of assumptions that people make about their career. However, we’re going to address the main ones. Perhaps more accurately, we’re going to address the ones that have the potential to cause the most damage.
Below are three such assumptions that you should NOT make about your career:
#1—Assuming that you’ll have your current job as long as you want it
Let’s face it: 100% job security is a myth. There’s just no way around it. No matter how much you want to believe that you’ll have your job as long as you want it, there is absolutely no way you can ensure that. There’s also no way for you to predict what the future will hold. And that’s what makes this assumption so dangerous.
#2—Assuming you will “climb the ladder” quickly at your current employer
You might have designs on advancement, but there are many things that will affect the rate of your ascent. Even if you do exceptional work, there is a lot that’s out of your control. Sure, you can have an influence over certain things, but not outright control. Remember that there’s only one ladder at the company with so many rungs and there are a LOT of people who want to climb it.
#3—Assuming that a new employment opportunity is not better than what you have
If you’re presented with the possibility of a new employment opportunity, you should not assume that it’s not worth hearing about. You never know what that opportunity might offer to you. You can’t assume that there is no better job than the one you have right how. People often make that assumption, plus the first assumption on this list. In some cases, the only thing worse than making one assumption is making two of them in tandem. That’s a good way to compound the consequences.
In a previous blog post, we discussed the value that recruiters offer to job seekers and candidates. That value is defined as the knowledge and experience that recruiters possess. You can leverage that knowledge and experience and put it to use for you. Even though you do not personally possess it, you can still benefit from it.
So what’s better—making assumptions about situations or relying upon the experience and expertise of others?
If you’re interested in making the right moves and growing your career, then you should consider partnering with a recruiting firm that has a track record of placing candidates just like you in your chosen field. The Doepker Group has such a track record!