After sending out hundreds of copies of my résumé to dozens of companies over the last year, I realized that I was getting nowhere because my approach was wrong.
If you really are committed to moving to a new city you simply won’t find the best or right job without feet on the street — no matter what anybody else may have told you. At a minimum you need to put yourself in that city for weeks in a row and appear to be local to maximize the quality of the job you get or the probability of getting one in the first place.
What do you think about taking a sabbatical? What holds you back from taking one if you haven’t / won’t?
Once considered career suicide, sabbaticals are now not only accepted – but encouraged – by some employers. Here’s how to take one and still get ahead.
Let’s start treating our careers as a lifelong experiment instead of a preordained slog. Find experiences that allow you to quickly test assumptions about your career interests. Every job, every experience, every place you travel, is a chance to learn something new about yourself, what interests you (and just as importantly what doesn’t), what you’re good at, what types of people you want to surround yourself with, and what type of impact you want to have on the world.
What kinds of non-technical jobs can your average person without a college degree get in the US to still make it into the middle class?
Instead of having a linear succession of jobs, many people now have a portfolio of activities.
Hiring managers - what constitutes too much job hopping for you to pass on a resume?
Everyone else - do you have a lower or an upper limit on how long you tend to stay with companies?
Here’s the thing though: your career, like your life, moves forward whether you think about it or not. If you don’t think about it, then you’re putting faith in the winds. Maybe you’ll end up somewhere you’ve always wanted to go. Maybe not. Why take that chance when you can captain your own sails?
So here’s my guide to negotiation. It’s going to be split into two parts: this first part will be about conceptualizing the negotiating process, about how to begin the process and set yourself up for maximal success. The second part will be advice on the actual back-and-forth portion of negotiating and how to ask for what you want.
The bottom line: Resist the soul-crushing job’s promise of extra money and savor the more satisfying conditions you’ll find in one that pays a little less.
For the first time in your career, you have options. And where you land and the work you do next will have a huge impact on your career trajectory. Jump on the right train by using this checklist to help make your next move.
We all want to find a dream job that’s enjoyable and meaningful, but what does that actually mean? Often we imagine we can work out what we’re passionate about in a flash of insight, while others think of their dream job as easy and highly paid. We reviewed two decades of research into the causes of a satisfying life and career, drawing on over 60 studies, and we didn’t find much evidence for these views. Instead, we found six key ingredients of a dream job.
This is controversial, but here goes: I think if you’re remarkable, amazing or just plain spectacular, you probably shouldn’t have a resume at all.
The key idea is that getting a job is about convincing someone that you have something valuable to offer. Ultimately, it’s a sales process. So you should focus on doing whatever employers will find most convincing. That means instead of sending out lots of CVs, focus on getting recommendations and proving you can do the work.
What’s the biggest risk you took in your career that paid off?
What’s the procedure for getting a new job without going through external recruiters?
I often have career discussions with entrepreneurs — both young and more mature — whether they should join company “X” or not. I usually pull the old trick of answering a question with a question. My reply is usually, “is it time for you to earn or to learn?”
If you could restart your career from day 1, what would you do differently (or the same)? Please also leave years experience/current position.
Most of what I try fails, but these failures are often invisible, while the successes are visible. I have noticed that this sometimes gives others the impression that most things work out for me. As a result, they are more likely to attribute their own failures to themselves, rather than the fact that the world is stochastic, applications are crapshoots, and selection committees and referees have bad days. This CV of Failures is an attempt to balance the record and provide some perspective.
View your life as a business. A business has many product lines and shifts many times during the course of its life.
The tendency amongst smart, ambitious people is to anticipate every contingency, especially when it comes to career planning. The challenge is that the best opportunities confront you serendipitously. Life makes your long-term roadmap 90% worthless.
Most people have “okay” jobs. We go to work, do what we have to do from 9 to 5, come back home, maybe hang out with friends, and do it all over again the next day. There’s nothing wrong with this. But some people perform at a totally different level.
What do you want from your career? Do you want to learn, grow, and advance? Do you want to make a huge impact to your company? After working for over 20 years in Silicon Valley, in everything from entry level to vice president roles, I learned a key to success is the concept of Work Yourself Out of Your Job.
When it comes to landing a good job, many people focus on the role. Although finding the right title, position and salary is important, there’s another consideration that matters just as much: culture. The culture of a workplace — an organization’s values, norms and practices — has a huge impact on our happiness and success.
If you want an average successful life, it doesn’t take much planning. Just stay out of trouble, go to school, and apply for jobs you might like. But if you want something extraordinary, you have two paths:
- Become the best at one specific thing.
- Become very good (top 25%) at two or more things.
In 2007, Steve Martin was on the Charlie Rose show to talk about his memoir Born Standing Up. He talked about his rise in comedy, and Rose asked him for his advice to aspiring performers. His response? “Nobody ever takes note of [my advice], because it’s not the answer they wanted to hear. What they want to hear is ‘Here’s how you get an agent, here’s how you write a script,’… but I always say, ‘Be so good they can’t ignore you.’
The theory claims the secret to a creatively fulfilling career lies in understanding the operations of Helsinki’s main bus station.
Whenever you make a decision on what step to take next in your career, I think it is worth considering the following factors. Depending on your stage of life or career, different factors become more or less important.
Learn how to make effective decisions about your future career and how to take control of your professional development by honing your critical thinking and employability skills. Suitable for anyone undertaking some form of study, regardless of academic discipline, interests or employment background.