Picture this — you’re at a job interview when you’re asked the dreaded question: “Tell me about yourself.” 

Your mind draws a blank as you struggle to answer, eventually stuttering your way through an incoherent sentence about which university you went to and what you enjoy doing in your free time. Now, what if we told you that there were better answers to craft?

What if there was someone out there who could guide you through answering most interview questions and red flags you need to look out for with your interviewer? What if you were given some thoughtful career advice when you wanted to negotiate for a promotion or a salary raise? Allow us to introduce you to #CareerTok — the hub of TikTok career advice you never knew you needed. 

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Over at #CareerTok, you’ll be able to get some of the best tips that money doesn’t need to buy — all you have to do is follow these content creators. Below, we share eight of the best TikTok accounts comprising career coaches and experts in their fields to offer you insightful and eye-opening tips for you to excel in corporate life, from negotiating skills to acing that important interview. 

  1. Shade Z. (@shadezahrai)

@shadezahraiNot happening, Steve! How to ‘reclaim credit’ for your work. #careertips #confidence #management #meetings #workmeetings #workmeeting #careeradvice♬ original sound – Shadé Z. MBA – Career Tips

Career coach Shadé Zahrai has an impressive list of accolades. She strived to create a fulfilling career in corporate, and she was successful in it, which made her realise that she wanted more women to feel this way — excel in corporate yet have a fulfilling life. 

In her videos, she imparts wisdom on how to set boundaries at work, be less self-critical, reclaim stolen credit at work, and more tips that are beneficial not just to women, but to everyone. 

 

  1. Rawan (@rawanog)

@rawanogAnd they have scholarships! #job #jobhuntingtips #growwithgoogle #tech #womenintech #stem #careertok #careertiktok #careeradvice♬ original sound – Rawan | Career Advice

Gaining extra accreditations to go up in your career ladder is always a good thing. Unfortunately, there are often financial and time restrictions in place. That’s where Rawan comes to help. The content creator that specialises in career advice and works at Facebook has been dishing out recommendations on affordable Google Career Certificates, LinkedIn tips, and more on her TikTok profile. It’s a treasure trove of career tips. 

 

  1. Boris K. (@careerwithboris)

@careerwithboris#careerwithboris #hrspeak♬ BARELY BREATHING – Grant Averill

How do you write a resume when you have zero working experience? What do HR people mean when they tell you that the company is “like a family”? Should you go for a job in that extremely prestigious company even though you’re still really young? Boris answers these questions and more with a dash of humour in his TikTok account, @careerwithboris. 

 

  1. J.T. O’Donnell (@j.t.odonnell)

@j.t.odonnellSIGNS A HIRING MAMAGER WILL BE BAD TO WORK FOR. #careercoach #interviewtips #interview #jobinterview #jobs #jobsearch #jobsearchtips #careeradvice #♬ original sound – J.T. O’Donnell

Need a good dose of hard truths when it comes to making a change in your career? Try visiting J.T. O’Donnell’s page on TikTok. Here, she offers sound advice on whether or not you should delay applying for a job if you have a holiday lined up (spoiler: the answer is no), things you shouldn’t be including in your resume, how to explain why you left a previous job, and more. 

 

  1. Cathryn Patterson (@icathryn) 

@icathrynLessons from a VP after 20+ yrs in Tech #careercoach #careeradvice #mistakesmakeyoustronger #lessonslearned #careertips #lists #top5 #protips♬ Gentle classical corporate 90 seconds version(891059) – SoLaTiDo

As a former Vice President at a tech company, a career adviser, and a mother, Cathryn Patterson seems to have it all. It’s amazing that she also has time to offer people career advice on TikTok. She offers insightful tips on overcoming mental barriers that impede your career, from how to stop your mind going blank during interviews to mistakes you need to make in your career, and more. 

 

  1. Lianne (@wanderlustlicareercoach) 

@wanderlustlicareercoachBest career advice ever #WorthTheWait #learnontiktok #OneStepCloser #careeradvice #levelup #careercoach♬ deja vu – Olivia Rodrigo

Is your LinkedIn profile as good as your resume, or maybe even more important? Lianne, the wanderlust career coach explains in her TikTok page. If you’re looking for tips on how to spruce up your LinkedIn profile or wondering if you should work for your friend, Lianne has the answers. 

 

  1. Sam (@apowermood)

@apowermoodA quick reminder! #careerstuff #learnwithme #careertips #careeradvice♬ You – Petit Biscuit

Being a woman in the corporate world can oftentimes be challenging and intimidating. Let Sam of @apowermood help you navigate the unchartered waters and glass ceilings to live your best work life. We like this video that reinforces things you shouldn’t need to apologise for at the workplace and also other videos showing you how to set boundaries at work and saying ‘no’. 

 

  1. Erin McGoff (@erinmcgoff)

@erinmcgoffthis is a tricky one—be prepared! ✨😎 #careertiktok #jobinterview #interviewtips #careeradvice #howto #tiktoktaughtme

♬ Elevator Music – Bohoman

Erin McGoff may not be a specialised career advisor like the rest (she’s a film director and editor), but she’s garnered the most views for her videos on career insights and interview advice. Her guide to answering the dreaded interview question, “Tell me about yourself”, uses a simple and methodical step that anyone can pull off. We also enjoy her “resume rewrites” series, where she makes minimum wage jobs sound more impressive on paper.