3 Ways I Landed My Newest Role

A funny thing happened when I asked for help – I got help. Pretty wild idea, right? At some point, most of us have seen a LinkedIn or Forbes or Business Insider post that tells you to be yourself, network, etc.. It’s easy enough to say but anyone who’s had to fight, claw and scream for a role knows it’s bleak and discouraging af out there. I know because I just went through that 7th circle of hell. Below are the three ways I managed to find my newest role. I leveraged my connections but my passion, tenacity and drive made it happen. Hopefully, these three suggestions will help you if you’re in the throes of your 7th circle of hell.

1)    Get out there

In October 2018, when I lost my job, I decided to start going to events that I never had the time or energy for previously. I joined Fishbowl. I started reaching out to people I’d met at different events just to learn what they were doing and if they were passionate about their work. At first, it felt awkward to say that my role had been eliminated. In my head, I was placing a lot more stigma on myself than I should have. Since then, I’ve learned we just don’t talk about this reality often enough. It happens. It’s about how you deal with it.

2)    Commit to change

I started to job hunt properly in mid January 2019. I say properly because before then, I was taking time to travel and didn’t want the job search to hamper my #wanderlust. When I got back, I realized that I needed to commit on what I wanted my next steps to be. I’d done a lot of self-reflection in the previous 3 months but I hadn’t committed to the changes I needed to make in order to see success. When I decided which markets I wanted to focus on and the types of work I was looking for, my search became infinitely easier.  

3)   Ask for Help

Repeat after me: You will not do this alone. Asking for help is difficult. Especially if you’re not used to doing it. I am a very independent person and the idea of asking for help was hard. Once I’d committed and started telling my connections what I was interested in learning, what I was looking for, and where I wanted to be – people were so willing to help. Help came in the form of coffee chats, connections to others, invites to events and recommendations. Asking for help is key because it lets others know what you’re looking for gives them a way to help.

So yes all those LinkedIn, Business Insider and Forbes articles are onto something: be yourself, network, etc. but you also have to know what you’re looking for. If you have no idea what you’re looking for you’ll continue tossing resumes into the black hole with roles that don’t fit what you’re really looking for. Once you know what you’re looking for, get out there and let people know. You never know who could have a great lead that will help you land exactly where you visualized you’d be. Happy hunting!

Do you have any job search tips that actually work?