A couple of my friends recently asked me how I “get the cool jobs.” So I thought I would write about it to help them and others.
In this article, I will give you five tried and true tips for finding an amazing job.
- Network. Network. Network. Do you know how people often get jobs? By knowing someone on the “inside” who respects their work and wants them on their team, especially in high paying jobs. Agencies generally would rather take a risk on someone they already know than a complete stranger who no one can vouch for.
Applying blindly to posted job applications is probably the least effective way of getting jobs. So get out there, meet people, and build a social media presence. Let people know who you are, what skills you have, and how you can make a positive difference. And when a job that matches your skill set opens up, they’ll have you in mind!
- Say yes to opportunities. Whether I understand all the details upfront or not, when someone approaches me with an opportunity to do something outside of my normal job description, my answer is always, yes!
You never know what skills you can learn, who you can meet, and what type of partnerships will arise by going “outside of your box.” Get in there. Learn. Grow. Make things happen. And those experiences may lead to other opportunities.
- Practice your ABCs. Always. Be. Checking. That is, keep your eyes and ears open to current openings, upcoming openings, and new positions that are being created. A new job might even be created that you specifically qualify for.
If you’re currently employed, stay connected to your leadership and learn about potential new positions, or how you have a specific skill-set that the agency needs. And then make a plea for why they need to create a position description just for you.
- Stay on top of your game. The world is ever evolving, and new skills are often needed to keep up with the changes. Stay on top of your industry. Keep up with the annual training requirements with your employer, while also taking additional courses to have that edge.
Find out what sort of advanced trainings your agency might be willing to send you to. Be the one who volunteers for these trainings. Get certified. Learn the skills. And that will make you a little more marketable. Please just be sure it’s something that interests you; you don’t want to be stuck with a new task that doesn’t suit your interests or style.
- Have a mentor, or two, or three. Find someone you like and respect, who knows the ins and outs of your industry, who is willing to help you grow. Let them know your interests, career goals, and aspirations. Find someone who knows your business, who can give you sound advice.
You may want to consider having a few different types of mentors: one who knows you inside and out, one who knows your industry well, and one who knows your agency well. If you can find all that in one person, that’s great. However, I think it’s best to get feedback from more than one person. After all, this is your life we’re talking about here.
Apply these strategies, and you’ll be well on your way to having the “cool” jobs. Write back and let us know how it turns out.
Best of luck!