Do work that matters and have fun doing it.
Getting hired at a place you’re interested in may feel daunting, but really it can be quite simple. Think you’ll never be able to work at an awesome company that’s doing amazing stuff?
People who are energized by their field of work are valuable anywhere. Showing potential employers that you are stoked to actively learn, grow, and succeed at your job makes you more valuable than any highly-qualified candidate that couldn’t care less about the field.
Think about it, would you want someone on your sports team that hated the game, even if they were pretty good at it? No.
You’d want the dude who loved to play and worked hard to get better every practice.
It’s the same thing with work. In my experience, the people who get ahead and get promotions have two things in common:
- They get excited about the work they do (the people who geek out a little when you ask them about it)
- They know how to measure their contributions to the business they work for.
You can’t choose your gifts, but you can develop the skill of measuring what matters.
To find a job you love, you have to identify specific people at specific companies that are doing work you care about.
Whether its building software, designing things, serving people’s needs, crunching numbers, or planning adventures, make a list of companies that share your excitement for what you love to do.
What do you geek out about?
What are you doing when you feel the happiest and most fulfilled?
I geek out about lots of things, that’s why I’m sharing this with you. I get fired up about creatively solving problems for other people and explaining new ways to think about things.
Once you’ve identified several places that share your energy, work on quantifying a few contributions you have made to your field. Think of projects you’ve done, activities you’ve planned, or just experiences that you’ve had in which your unique talents saved the day or made something better.
If there were dollar amounts attached, even better.
For example, my creative solution for addressing envelopes at one of my jobs allowed my department to save dozens of hours a week.
Write them down.
Practice weaving them into conversations.
Get familiar enough with your greatest accomplishments and confident enough to share them that you could tell anyone on the street how you’ve improved some part of the world.
It’s not bragging.
We all contribute to something, and people love hearing good news. That will enable you to effortlessly tell your story to impress your future colleagues.
Think about it. People who are good at what they do usually have a cool story about their experiences. Learn to develop your stories and share them with people doing work you care about, and you’re well on your way to landing that job you’ll love.
Learn more about how to develop and tell your story to the right people to make real connections that pay off. Check out how together we can change the way hiring is done – a process that takes 97% less time than the “conventional” way.