When it comes to making a name for yourself in your industry, it can be extremely helpful to heed the advice of those who have already done so. While most everyone has their own tactics for climbing the corporate ladder and establishing themselves in their chosen line of work, Raghav Haran, a marketer and entrepreneur who founded Land Any Job You Want, a site that provides strategies for people looking for jobs and career growth, believes that wildly successful people understand certain things that most people don't. He recently shared his wisdom gained from personal experience with Quartz to spread the word and help other ambitious people get the jobs they want. Here is the career advice he wants you to know.
1. Job requirements are negotiable. "There are so many things in life that we think are 'non-negotiable,' but in reality, we can totally get around it," says Haran. If a job listing requires a certain amount of experience that you don't have yet, Haran recommends proving that you can still bring value to the company. For example, when applying for a product design position, Haran sent over design suggestions straight to the head of product design instead of simply submitting a résumé. He got an email that same day to schedule an interview.
2. Pick a career for more than just the salary. Haran warns against choosing a career based on "average salaries" or employment numbers. "When it comes to any field, the people who strive to be great have more than enough money and success," he says. "Do what you enjoy doing and be great at it. Everything else will come."
3. Pick a boss, not a company. Having a mentor is of the utmost importance, according to Haran. Instead of striving to earn a position at a large company, Haran suggests focusing on surrounding yourself with the right people. "Having the right mentor is the real key," says Haran.
4. It's okay to take a pay cut. If you have the opportunity for an impactful experience, it could be worth it in the long run to make less money. That might mean working with a great mentor instead of taking a job with a high starting salary. "Don't be afraid to take one step back today to take two steps forward tomorrow," he says.
5. Continue to educate yourself after college. Haran thinks that successful people see the world differently than others, and this is largely due to their ability to never stop learning. "Successful people read as much as one book a week sometimes. They listen to podcasts. They go to conferences. They read research papers. They talk to other people who are doing big things."
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