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Five random pieces of career advice for 2023

Since it's the end of the year, I've put together 5 career ideas and hacks that have changed my life that you might find useful. I've handpicked some of them from emails I've sent over the past year, with new ones I've been wanting to share.

These ideas will help you set the stage for an even more successful new year. Let's dive in!

 Send speculative, helpful emails to people you admire, expecting nothing in return. Get into the habit of simple, regular networking. For example, the next time you come across an interesting piece of content, send an email to the author telling them about your favorite part or your perspective. 

 Be proactive to increase your 'luck surface area'. Of course, luck plays a big part in our career. But there are ways to increase the amount of 'luck' we get. The more we go out of our way to create new opportunities (e.g. build your personal brand, meet new people, etc), the better your odds are of being 'lucky'. 

"At every job you should either learn or earn. Either is fine. Both is best. But if it's neither, quit." - Garry Tan. Are you growing professionally and is there potential for more growth at your job? Are you earning what you're worth? It's a warning sign if the answer to both of these are a hard 'no'.

 Networking tip: Rather than only trying to connect with CEOs, celebrities or VIPs, look for people 1 or 2 steps ahead of you. Their advice will be more relevant + they'll be more likely to have the bandwidth to help you out. Example: find and connect with someone who recently made the career change you're trying to make, who's at the same level of seniority that you're at. 

 You’re the average of the five people you spend the most time with. Find the people you can genuinely learn from. Make sure your team and the people you work with are the right fit. Chase opportunities where you're surrounded by people that have the attributes you want in yourself.

Full credit to Resume Worded. I thought I should share this one from The Career Supplement series. They send me daily career tips straight to my email, which I find very helpful. If you'd like to receive great career tips like this, you can join their email list here.

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