Forming the right job search strategy is always a tough one – and while my LinkedIn post only scratched the surface of what I wanted to cover, I’d like to share what I’ve learned on my journey in detail here. Especially with those that may be struggling to secure a job in this pandemic.
I wanted to offer another perspective, additional insight, or at the very least some confirmation that you are on the right track. I hope that what I learned below on my journey can make yours an easier one.
The word “Ikigai” is a concept I tend to reflect on when coming across obstacles in life. It refers to “having a direction or purpose in life, that which makes one’s life worthwhile, and towards which an individual takes spontaneous and willing actions giving them satisfaction and a sense of meaning to life“.
My former senior manager suggested 3 questions I ask myself:
Applying the concept of ikigai and backlog grooming methodologies, I wrote down all my motivations. The next step was to prioritize each motivation based on several internal factors that hold different weights. Once the exercise was completed, the list provided me a clear vision on what I was seeking in my next role.
“Storytelling is a method that’s evolved to help package information about who we are, how we survive, what we care about and spread those ideas through time and space” — Liz Neeley, the Executive Director of Story Collider.
Incorporating Liz’s statement into my own life, I’ve learned to not just tell a story, but tell your best story. “Can you tell me a little about yourself?” is a question I’ve heard over and over during multiple interview phases. As my application season was coming to a close and a few phone screenings were left, one recruiter stated, “Wow that sounded rehearsed and you pretty much answered all my other questions” While practice makes perfect, the importance of personalized narrative will get the recruiter, the hiring manager, and the panelists on your side.
Storytelling is about being seen for the totality of who you are and I believe each and everyone of us deserved to be known for your full self. Check out my favorite podcast episode on Shortwave.
I cannot stress enough that none of us can make it alone. You can call me anything you want, but don’t ever, ever call me a self-made man.
All of my wins and successes can be traced back to all the people I have met along my professional journey. I’ve been fortunate to be surrounded by an incredible support system from personal relationships to professional. Including my significant other, parents, mentors, managers, colleagues, and my phenomenal team at Engineered Careers. Not only do they expect the best from me, but in return want the best for my future.
All in all, surround yourself with people that want you to succeed and want you to win.
I tried to understand my search thoroughly by analyzing the results from my labor. Here are some questions I asked myself:
Asking myself the questions above allowed me to make decisions on what I needed to change in my job search strategy including my resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile.
Here’s also a few extra resources that have helped me along the way:
It’s the actions that come from that failure that matters. If you care about investing in your future deeply, you will hear no, you will receive hundreds of rejection letters, people will turn you away. Despite all these barriers, I cannot express how important it is to ask for help.
Beyond help, remain curious, persistent, and disciplined because motivation is temporary!
I hope my words will offer affirmations and discoveries that can be leveraged in your job search strategy. Let’s continue to support our colleagues and help each other connect the dots! 🙌
– Ryan Meach (CIO)