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Graduation season is upon us, with leagues of eager, wide-eyed twenty-one year olds ready to start their careers. This time of year always reminds me of the best career advice I got in my first job. After two years as a management consultant, I realized I was hitting a glass ceiling where the next step was to go back for an MBA. Taking a step back, I realized I needed to have more clarity about what I wanted to do post-MBA before dropping the cash and time on an MBA. This also meant it was time to look for a job that would help me gain said clarity.

I had one issue though — I didn’t know know my market value. I second guessed myself — I had a great paying job for my age, what am I thinking to enter the mid-2008 layoff-heavy job market!?! Thankfully, my mentor helped me identify this issue. It was a tough dose of reality, but he was right to point out that

“no one was going to care more about my career than I would

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and it was my responsibility to make sure I always had options.”

I needed to build relationships with recruiters and be in regular contact.

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I needed to keep my resume up-to-date at all times, to have a pulse on potential job opportunities.”

If I didn’t take control, I could be caught off guard by a layoff, restructure, or merger, be unprepared for a salary negotiation or not be able to walk away when my current role/company was no longer the right fit.

This advice greatly shaped my approach to my career and, I believe, enabled me to be open and proactive about my next career move. But I’m curious — what advice has shaped your career? How do you as a recruiter open the minds of potential candidates to the world of opportunities at their fingertips?

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CEO at Loxo, the #1 Talent Intelligence Platform and global leader in recruiting software. Loxo is a horizontally integrated suite of data-driven and AI-powered products designed to manage the full recruitment life cycle through a single system-of-record software platform. The platform includes a talent graph of over 1.2 billion people, with contact information including verified mobile phone, personal and work emails. The instant AI sourcing, ranking and matching, and multi-channel outbound recruiting solution makes identifying, engaging and hiring the very best possible talent easier than ever before. More than 4,200 Executive Search, RPO, professional recruitment and talent acquisition teams across the globe are using Loxo to become hiring machines. Learn more at https://loxo.co/