I am huge believer in allowing the universe to send things your way, accept, ask, and you shall receive. But, let’s be honest when it comes to getting work this philosophy doesn’t exactly cut a check or pay the rent. And, we’re living in the world now where hitting the pavement with a resume doesn’t usually hook you up with #dreamjob. It’s easy to be a face amongst a lot of qualified faces. So, I’ve been asking around lately, friends with new jobs or those who have the guts to switch careers: where did you find that door into the new world?
Time and time again I was getting the same answer, “so and so knew so and so and they gave me their email,” or, “we went at party and met my new boss there.” So the key takeaway here is that the best way for you to find that new job is meeting new people and being in the right place at the right time (which sounds mystical, but it’s not). It’s more about knowing that there’s a truth to the whole “your network is your net worth” thing. But, there is a science to networking. You can’t just maul your new and old friends with emails demanding they unleash their connections unto you. You must use finesse and use careful precision to get your foot in the door.
A great place to start is to isolate what you want to do. Grab a pen and your trusty notebook, and here’s a starting point.
- What are you good at? Where do your strengths lie?
- Compile a list of those oh-so-nice friends that might have a door into the industry you’ve got your eye on.
- Do your research. Look into the companies you want to work with. And look into what your friends newest projects are and grow acquainted with their career steps so you can hold a good conversation, and prepare your questions properly. People want to feel both appreciated and helpful, but not used. And your awareness of their own career will help establish a good place to have the conversation.
- Start inviting those people to coffee/drinks and ask them questions about their careers. What they like about where they work and what they do, what they don’t like, what they’ve learned through their job interview process, etc… you get the pic.
Next, you need to make yourself look good and be available. Start here:
- Make sure you update your website. No one wants to refer someone whose work looks half assed. If they’re recommending you they’re essentially putting themselves on the line. You want to make them look good.
- Clean up your social media accounts. If you want to be profesh, you have to look profesh. That means not too many revealing selfies and untag yourself in those hilarious but seriously compromising pics from that bachelorette party in Palm Springs. Also, keep your Facebook statuses about politics and ex boyfriends to minimum, unless you’re looking for a job in romantic advice or politics.
- Show up. Show up to the right events and put yourself out there. Go to lunch, go to spin, just go wherever it is you need to go. Being visible is more than half the battle.
- Take care of yourself. I’m a believer in the look good, feel good psychology. When you feel like you look your best, studies show you act more confidently, too. Not to mention, science also tells us that people who are put together get a load of other positive attributes automatically given to them. It’s called the halo effect. Google it for more deets.
After doing the above, you should feel great about making big things happen for yourself and you and your vinas will show the boys club who the real boss (babe) is! 🙂
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