Don’t crowd source your career

Raise your hand if you crowd source advice?

<🙋guilty here>

Webster’s Dictionary defines crowd sourcing as: the practice of obtaining information or input into a task or project by enlisting the services of a large number of people, either paid or unpaid, typically via the Internet. Crowd sourcing can be great. I recently asked my Facebook friends for restaurant suggestions in Chapel Hill, NC. I got some great recommendations! BUT do you really want to crowdsource your career advice?

Here are a few questions to consider.

▪️ Are your friends qualified to give it? Do they study resume trends or interview tactics?

▪️ Are they giving you values-based advice? Do you value the same things?

▪️ If you are asking a friend to review your resume or help you with a job search strategy– are they going to give it the time it really needs to be done well? I spend 10-15 hours (or more) re-writing resumes.



  • Sarah Johnston

    I’m a former corporate recruiter and industry “insider” who got tired of seeing talented high-achievers get passed over for opportunities because they did not have the right marketing documents or know how to position themselves in interviews. I have relocated multiple times across the country as a “trailing spouse” and have had to execute job searches in completely cold markets (where I literally knew no one!) I have been named a LinkedIn Top Voice in the career space in 2019, HR Weekly’s Top 100 Most Influential People in HR, named the owner of the “best resume writing firm for experienced executives” by Balance Careers and a “top follow” by JobScan in 2019 and 2020.

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