Career Advice Nobody Tells You

Career advice that often goes unspoken and can keep you out of hot water from Lisa B. Marshall, aka The Public Speaker!

Lisa B. Marshall
5-minute read
Episode #305

Fix? Assume no privacy, know the details of the digital policy, and act as if everything is posted in big print on your boss' door!

Facebook (or any social media) can get you fired and keep you from being hired. Don't complain about customers, the boss, or the company, and don't post work inappropriate pics that include alcohol.

Dan Leone, a game-day employee at the Philadelphia Eagles stadium, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that he was fired for criticizing the team via Facebook. Here’s what happened: After the Eagles' beloved safety Brian Dawkins signed to the Denver Broncos, Leone posted the following status update: "Dan is [expletive] devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver…Dam Eagles R Retarted!!" Days later, Leone said he was contacted by the team's director of event operations regarding his Facebook post. Leone deleted that post, but couldn't save his job.

Expect that what you post will be seen, so think about the ramifications before you post! Don't say anything that could be deemed inappropriate or as a complaint, double check your privacy settings, assume whatever you write will be posted in BIG PRINT on back of your boss's door!

Career Advice Tip #3: Pay Attention to Special Projects

My dad shared this next bit of career advice with me very early in my career at General Electric when I was assigned to a special project. He told me that being assigned to “Special Projects” either means you are a rising star or a falling star. What he meant was that companies often use special projects for two different purposes: either to quickly increase the responsibilities (and salary) of a high potential employee or to move a problem or low performing employee out of their current role so someone else can step-in. 

Fix? Always be hyper-aware of your work situation. Take notice of who receives special projects. If you are the high potential employee, be sure you recognize the opportunity that you are being given and be sure to step-up to the challenge. If you are the employee that got moved and your main responsibilities have been taken away, then it’s probably the time to freshen up your LinkedIn profile and your resume. Even if you are in neither of these, it’s still important to pay attention to whom is assigned to special projects, as this is outward signal of the political landscape in your workplace.  

Although these three bits of career advice may seem obvious to some of you, I know from experience, that often people don’t put enough emphasis on how important it is to understand and always follow these unwritten and often unspoken rules of the workplace. Often It’s when we aren’t paying close attention that we run into trouble. 

So congratulations to all the new graduates that have landed their first job and to rest of you that have recently started a new job. I hope you'll keep this advice in mind no matter what stage of your career.  

This is Lisa B. Marshall helping you to lead and influence.  If you'd like to learn more about compelling communication, I invite you to read my bestselling books, Smart Talk and Ace Your Interviewand listen to my other podcast, Smart Talk. As always, your success is my business




About the Author

Lisa B. Marshall

Lisa B. Marshall Lisa holds masters with duel degrees in interpersonal/intercultural communication and organizational communication. She’s the author of Smart Talk: The Public Speaker's Guide to Success in Every Situation, as well as Ace Your Interview, Powerful Presenter, and Expert Presenter. Her work has been featured in CBS Money Watch, Ragan.com, Woman's Day, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, and many others. Her institutional clients include Johns Hopkins Medicine, Harvard University, NY Academy of Science, University of Pennsylvania, Genentech, and Roche.

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