Looking for a new job? Do this first:

Jan 09, 2019

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Are you ready to change your job? But not sure where to get started? Here are a few tips:

STEP 1: WHERE ARE YOU NOW?

First figure out what you really, really want. Don’t just start sending out resumes randomly.

Do a self assessment of yourself and what you like and dislike. Also, what are you good and not good at? Look at the following:

  • Performance reviews: Where did you shine? What do you need to improve?

  • What are your strengths and weaknesses? Be honest!

  • What do you really like about your job and what do you dislike? What do you like and dislike in general?

  • What are your interests? Think about the things that make you giddy.

  • What are the types of things you want to learn and do next?

  • Look at the jobs you are interested in (find some job descriptions that delight you) and measure them up to your strengths / weaknesses and your likes / dislikes.

STEP 2: WRITE DOWN THE KIND OF COMPANIES YOU WANT TO WORK AT

There are so many different type of companies and industries. A lot of them you can learn more about by doing a simple google search. For example, when I was a marketer, I worked at a non-profit, a finance company, a start-up, and an agency. Boy, were these companies and the environment different - even though I did the exact same job at each. Some I loved, some I hated.

Research tips: Job Boards, LinkedIn, Geekwire 200 (local lists), AngelList (niche), best places to work articles, Business Journals, Chamber of Commerce, Glassdoor, etc..

Figure out what you like and don’t like. Here are questions to ask yourself:

 
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  1. What size company do you prefer?

  2. What industry?

  3. Do you like B2C (business-to-customer) or B2B (business-to-business)?

  4. What’s the pace?

  5. Growth opportunities? Do you like a company that is well established or one that is new and will grow leaps and bounds?

  6. What type of culture do you prefer? For my example above, at the non-profit, people were super kind and wanted to give back (they were more into serving others than themselves - think smaller paychecks). At the start-up I worked at, people were hungry and wanted to be part of the next big thing (think constant growth and change).

  7. What are the core values you are into?

STEP 3: REACH OUT TO PEOPLE IN THE ROLES’ YOU ARE INTERESTED IN.

Find them in your network, your friends, LinkedIn, MeetUp groups, networking groups, etc…

Reach out to them by messenger or email. Be sure to personalize it if you know them well. Or if you don’t know them well, re-iterate how you are connected. Be succinct, specific, and appreciative. Here’s a sample message I would write:

Hi Bob,

It’s been a while, I wanted to reach out and say “hello”. How have you been?

I’m starting to look at new opportunities and would like to learn more about {either choose his role or the company name}.

Can I take you for coffee near your office or jump on a quick call with you? I’d like to learn more about your experience there. {either “there” - the company, or “your job” - the job he’s doing.}

Are you free next week? If so, please let me know what day and time works best for you.

I looking forward to catching up with you.

Thanks for your time,

Andrea

(OPTIONAL) STEP 4: NETWORKING EVENTS

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Do this only if you have some awesome networking events near you. When I lived in Denver (a bigger city) there were so many great ones to choose from. Now I live in a smaller city and every networking event I’ve tried was barely attended and most of the people there were looking for jobs. You’ll need to find groups where there are leaders, managers, business owners, etc… The types of people that can help you get a job (and not ask you for one).

At Industry events, be sure to ask questions to learn something new, talk to group organizers, do informational interviews.

At Happy Hour type of functions, look at the attendee list and find those people you want to talk to, invite your most social (and appropriate!) friends or colleagues if you are too shy, and before you go set goals (like: talk to 5 relevant people, give out my business card to 3 movers and shakers, get 3 business cards from good networking contacts, etc..).

Remember, this is not the “you” show. Give value when you talk to people, show interest, be genuine, ask questions, give compliments, etc…

After the event, reach out on LinkedIn to all of those people you met. Don’t just hit “connect” but send a nice message along with it. You can also reach out to those people at the event that you didn’t connect with and let them know that you were bummed you didn’t connect with them at the event.

STEP 5: NEED MORE HELP AND TIPS?

Hire a career coach. I’m a Career and Business Coach, I’d love to help you out. If you don’t work with me, I recommend working with someone. It’s always easier to have an advocate in your corner that can help you out.

If we work together I’ll help you with the following:

  • Figure out your values, weaknesses / strengths, likes / dislikes

  • LinkedIn profile, resume, cover letter

  • Establishing the right mindset

  • Goal setting

  • Targeting companies / industries to go after

  • Job interviewing

  • Research

  • Salary negotiations

  • And anything else you’d like to go over

STEP 6:

Have fun with it!!! This is your next step to greatness!

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