Career Rule-book


Five career rules to BREAK this time.

As a new day knocks on our doors, what are the rules that have interwoven themselves into our professional lives? Some we believe are there to be broken!

5 career rules to BREAK tomorrow:

Rule #1: The Grass is Greener on the Other Side.

Or not. Tomorrow is when you vow to stop looking over your shoulder and comparing your career with someone else’s. The reality is that each one of us faces our own challenges; everyone might not be as vocal about their issues. “If you worry about what might be, and wonder what might have been, you will ignore what is,” they say. It’s time to really accept and own your own professional life.

Rule #2: Learn on the Job.

You have always believed in the importance of learning. But have you talked yourself into believing that learning happens anyway on the job? Stop telling yourself that you don’t need to do more. Grow your knowledge, skills, and competencies through a planned effort. Self-driven or through a course provider is fine; just keep aside a structured slot.

Rule #3: Just get the Job Done

We all fall into the trap of meeting shorter-than-possible deadlines and getting work off our desks. Getting the job done is important, but being the best is what really counts. Let your work speak for you, bringing with it accolades and plenty of job satisfaction. With social media giving you the perfect platform, it’s not just about your immediate environment, but becoming an industry expert and even a global phenomenon: the world can be yours!

Rule #4: No Work on Weekends

Get over the weekend and weekday concept. There’s no getting away from working weekends. Your weekends will bring their share of work. On holidays too, Indians are not known to cut off. Instead, build R&R (Rest & Recreation) into every day. But the best advice of all: do work that you enjoy or learn to enjoy the work you do.

Rule #5: Live by the Rules

“If I’d observed all the rules, I’d never have got anywhere” – Marilyn Monroe. Some rules are never meant to be broken and others have to be defied. Break the rules to redefine your limits, really stretch yourself, adapt to a new environment, innovate and find new solutions. Break a few rules and yes, make your own, too!

As you look to make the most of tomorrow – professionally as well as personally – a Happy New Day to you!

Rahul Malhotra
Rahul is the Co-Founder and CEO at HeadHonchos.
He has close to 14 years of experience across the executive search, recruitment, retail and internet verticals. One of the first to come on board, he holds an MBA degree from IMI, Belgium and a Diploma in Information Technology from Swinburne, Australia

2 thoughts on “Career Rule-book

  1. Probably it’s the time to create your own rule book for 2014… Black, White and Grey, as it applies to you. Your context, personality and circumstances.

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