6 Fresh Ways to Find Your Passion

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It can be so frustrating when people advise you, “Just follow your passion!” Yeah, sure, you’d love to—if only you knew what your passion was.

You’re probably the kind of person who works hard, with commitment and persistence. When you know what you’re doing, nothing will stop you. But before you can become unstoppable, you need to know what you’re starting. Before you can follow your passion, you have to find it.

If you’re feeling stuck, here are five fresh ways to discover what you really want to do with your life. Take time to work through the process and know that, no matter what, you’ll be getting closer to where you want to be.

1. Start With the Right Perspective

If you went into a restaurant with the strong opinion—“I’m not hungry. There’ll be nothing here I want to eat. I don’t want to be here”—the menu isn’t going to look appealing. You won’t explore it with due time or attention, and it’s unlikely you’ll find food you’ll enjoy eating.

The same principle applies to passion-seeking. If you’re convinced that finding your passion is hard, or that it’s not going to happen for you, you’ll remain closed to possibilities. You’ll block the little nudges, pulls, and signals that guide us all. After all, how can you expect to find fulfilling work if you don’t believe it exists?

Choose to adopt the perspective that you can do what you love with your life. One of the best ways to strengthen this point of view is to surround yourself with people who are living examples. How many of your friends and family are following their passions? If it’s not many, it might be time to expand your circle; associate with—and be inspired by—men and women who are inspired by their work.

2. Get Out Your Metal Detector

Once you’ve decided that your passion is findable, it’s time to look for evidence of what you already love to do. If you scan the landscape of your life, you’ll notice certain experiences peak up. It’s so valuable to delve into these “peak moments” and extract the key ingredients.

Consider yourself a beach-trawler, discerning between the gold and the cheap metal. For example, one of my favorite summer jobs involved teaching English to teenagers. I might assume the key ingredient was the English language, or young people. But when I paid attention to my metaphorical metal detector, it become clear that the bleep went off when I was being a leader within a community, and teaching that community something of great value to them. That’s exactly what I do now in my work—but without the teenagers, present perfect tense, or vocabulary tests!

Make a list of the ingredients that truly mattered in your peak moments; don’t be distracted by the counterfeits.

3. Look for the Umbrella

When you look at all the ingredients that matter to you, they might at first seem entirely disconnected. Let’s say you love French, drinking coffee, playing with words, analyzing and categorizing, and being a leader within a community. How could you construct a career from these? It’d be like peering into your cupboard and seeing cocoa powder, tofu, and carrots and wondering: How could I possibly make something delicious that includes all of these?

This is the time to look beyond the ingredients and seek an umbrella; something that all of these ingredients can fit beneath. For example, my colleague Abby—whose diverse passions are described above—helps business owners to find the right words to fit their brand. She analyzes and categorizes copy into what she calls “voice values.” She draws wisdom from previously running a funky French lifestyle boutique, and French words pepper her own copy, giving her brand that special je ne sais quoi. She’s become known as a leader for those who want to communicate effectively with their potential clients. Oh—and she’s built a recognizable Pinterest profile showcasing her favorite coffee houses. All of these passions fit under the overarching umbrella of her business; they’ve all found a home there, and the variety actually helps her to stand out and attract her perfect clients.

What might be your umbrella?

4. Discern Between a Hobby and a Profitable Passion

It might be that, through this exploration, you fall head over heels in love with an activity that engrosses you—something that lights you up and makes your heart sing. But now you have to ask yourself the next question: Who would benefit from (and pay for) this?

Well, if you want to contribute your passion to society and make an income from it, you need to get realistic about whether this could actually turn into a career—and what you would need to do to make that happen. Moreover, think about if you would even enjoy doing those things; for some people a passion is just fun, and turning it into work changes it from a “love to do” to a “have to do.”

For example, my client Lisa loves to draw. She makes art for the sheer joy of it. When she attempted to turn this passion into a profitable business, she realized that the market who were hungry for her talents were business owners who needed illustrations for their blogs, websites, and products. This felt like play to Lisa, but in order to make her services marketable, she also needed to add tech skills to her toolkit, so that her design work could be useable online by her ideal clients.

Be alert to who might need your newly emerging passion, and aim to have conversations with them to get you clearer on how, where, and when you can serve them.

5. Expect the Mutiny

When you seek your passion, there’ll be parts of you that go into rebellion. I’d guess that this article itself might be provoking some of those resistant parts! We all have a huge number of fears—around failure, success, visibility, and vulnerability—that speak in sensible voices, instructing us that we mustn’t do what we love.

If you let these voices win, your passion will remain out of your grasp. Instead, look for the fear beneath each supposedly reasonable voice. Uncover the years of conditioning—from parents, school, partners, and colleagues—and reassure the mutinying parts that your ship is sailing in the right direction.

6. Find the Limits of Your Bravery

On my own journey, I’ve mostly lived by the motto: “Leap and the net will appear.” I’ve noticed I couldn’t find the new until I’d said farewell to the old. With each step into the unknown—for example, handing in notice on my part-time salaried job to go fully self-employed—my announcement to the universe has been: I’m available. I’m serious about this.

I’ve been called brave, but I don’t see it that way; I’ve simply been more committed to my happiness and freedom than to staying cozy with the status quo. Find your own version of brave. Discover what risks work for you. The path of passion is where you do things that scare you enough, without leaving you in a constant state of fear. Expand your comfort zone, rather than leaving it.

The world needs your passion, so decide right now that it’s possible to find it, and use this guidance to gain clarity. When you find your passion, be assured: It will always guide you right.

 

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5 Quick Tips That’ll Help You Get Better at Taking Risks

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Early on in my advertising career, I was considering taking a marketing role at a major food brand. But, as I scanned the lengthy list of requirements in the job description, I thought to myself, “I don’t check off all these boxes.” Feeling somewhat defeated, I closed the posting and didn’t think much about it—until recently.

At Cannes Lions a couple of months ago, one of the speakers on a panel, advertising legend Charlotte Beers, shared the troublesome statistic that women need to feel that we meet 100% of a job’s qualifications before we apply. Men, however, only need to feel 60% qualified before hitting “send.”

In other words, women are less willing to take risks on themselves.

My experience job hunting, as well as my work as the President of Berlin Cameron, a creative and experiential agency, got me thinking about the psychology behind this phenomenon. In the past couple of years, I’ve had the opportunity to work with and get inspired by a number of female entrepreneurs. I’ve also served on the board of empowering organizations like Girl Up, and have started a division at Berlin Cameron called “Girl Brands Do It Better” to advance female founders.

And even with many of those I’ve met and worked with, how to take that first risky step has crept into conversations, and I wondered why.

I wanted to explore what sort of advice, or change in mindset, might help women to embrace their risk-taking side. So, I set out to discover what it takes to make that leap and dare to begin. I talked to experts, career coaches, and brilliant women who’ve launched companies across industries to find out how to get inspired and ignite new ideas.

Here’s what I learned:

1. Believe in Your Vision

Mentally investing in your own future is key.

“When people are stuck, it means that they are not connected enough to the end vision. If you think about a goal to run a marathon, the more connected you feel to that end vision, the more motivated you’re going to be,” executive coach Suzannah Scully, who’s worked with companies like Apple, Sephora, and Airbnb, told me.

She added, “If you have some limiting beliefs in your mind as to why this wouldn’t work out, explore those beliefs and figure out why you think it’s not going to work. I love the expression that a belief is just a thought you’ve had over and over again. It doesn’t mean that it’s true.”

2. Think Small

Any time you’re about to make a big leap, whether it’s putting together a deck to secure funding or working on an important pitch, the end result can be overwhelming. Setting small, easily achievable goals is one way to jump-start yourself.

Lisa Sun of the functional fashion line Gravitas agrees: “Set a goal every two weeks, even if it’s small things like opening a bank account for your business. After 10 weeks, you’ll be able to look back and have accomplished a lot.”

3. Check Perfection at the Door

Anytime you’re starting something new, the pursuit of perfection can be paralyzing.

“Choose action over perfection,” says 100 Days Without Fear founder Michelle Poler, who speaks all over the world about overcoming fear. “Women are perfectionists, and we have to let go of that desire to be perfect. We’re too afraid to fail ourselves—but when we don’t even try, we fail ourselves even more.”

You’re going to have failures, but try to learn from them and move on rather than chasing the impossible.

4. Find Your People

The importance of building a community’s crucial to opening your mind to take a risk.

“Surround yourself with others who are doing it—ask for help, don’t get stuck in your mind, and research, research, research. It’s one thing to have a great idea, it’s another to do the work, build out a business model, and thoughtfully go for it,” says Ashley Sumner, the co-founder of the female-focused co-working space Quilt.

Part of this is not being afraid to share your ideas and get feedback from others. “I’ve never had it come back to haunt me that I shared what I was thinking or previewed an idea with someone,” explains Katie Fritts, the founder of the luxury underwear subscription service Underclub. “If anything, it’s held me more accountable to do what I say I’m going to do.”

5. Make Fear Your Personal Force

No matter what stage you’re in in your career, fear’s going to be omnipresent. But everyone I spoke to agreed that it can be a great motivator.

“My job has been an exercise in flexing those muscles that I don’t usually flex,” Evvie Crowley says of the digital lifestyle publication, The Caret, she co-founded and launched this year. “I have an entrepreneurial drive, but it’s underneath a lot of insecurity. The best way for me to get over my paralyzing self-doubt is to keep pushing to make it a viable brand.”

Dee Poku Spalding, the founder of WIE Network and The Other Festival, added, “The first time you take a big leap of faith and it works is an incredible boost to your confidence. That gives you the confidence to do it again.”

After talking with all these women who’ve overcome the barriers that tend to hold us back, I’ve come up with a couple of insights of my own: Women are naturally good connectors who embrace community, as well as listen to and support each other.

So when it comes to taking risks, we’re a lot more equipped to do so than we think.

 

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Your Hour-by-Hour Guide to Kicking Off Your Job Search in One Afternoon

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Finish that show you’ve been binging. Organize your bedroom. Bar hop with friends. Watch football. Go sledding with your kids. Sleep in.

These are the things you want to do on a Saturday.

Write a cover letter? Send out networking emails? Not so much.

But if you clicked on this article, that means you’re probably job searching, and have yet to find the motivation to do it on the weekend (even though you know you need to).

Lucky for you, I have the perfect calendar for really kick-starting the process (that won’t take up your entire day off). And you know what? If you follow this schedule for four weekends in a row and you’re going to be in a great place.

Whether you’re starting at 9 AM (because you’re a morning person) or at 5 PM (because you’re a night owl), it’s important to get yourself mentally—and physically—in the zone.

Throw on your comfiest clothes and get settled in a place where you know you’ll be productive.

Make sure you’re surrounded by everything you need (so you don’t get distracted tracking them down later)—your laptop, a notebook or your planner, snacks, a water bottle, tissues, a bathroom. Now open up your LinkedIn profile, your resume, and any other materials you think you might need.

Lastly, reach out to a few trusted friends and see if they’re available to do some quick proofreading later in the day.

For the first hour, peruse job boards (like The Muse!) and company websites for openings. Don’t overwhelm yourself trying to find the perfectrole or collecting X amount of prospective jobs. Just enjoy checking out what different roles offer and the cultures of various companies, and jot down or save anything that sticks out to you or sounds interesting to apply to.

To Help You Browse: The 17 Best Niche Job Search Websites to Help You Cut Through All the Clutter

Dig out that old resume of yours and get it up to date. Add new jobs, delete old ones, reorganize (a.k.a., put new or most applicable jobs higher up), fix any dates or inaccurate bullets, and edit for spelling and grammar (mistakes can cost you more than you realize).

Need to write one from scratch, fast? Read this.

And have some extra time? Try adding some graphic elements or using a resume template.

 

Time to be judgemental and pick your three favorites. Then, go to LinkedIn and see if you have any connections at those companies, and if so, set up an informational interview with them—here’s a template for asking people you know well. If you don’t know anyone, you’re not off the hook yet! Here’s how to reach out to people you don’t know at all .

Because truth is, you need a connection to make sure your application gets out of the black hole. And setting up a few of these meetings helps to make that possible.

 

I know, this is probably the worst part of the whole process, but you’re halfway done so hang in there! Next up is that tailoring that cover letter to the job your chose.

And, I can make it super simple for you: This is the perfect template you can just copy, paste, and edit with your own experiences. Remember to keep it under one page and tailor it to the specific job (a.k.a., show how you’re passionate and qualified for the role).

 

What does this mean? Make a copy of that resume you just refined, and make sure the most applicable skills and experiences to the job are the most prominent on your resume. Also, make it clear the reason you’re applying—for example, if you’re a career changer, it should be obvious to someone reading that you’re both qualified and passionate about this new field.

 

Have them read it over, spot any errors, and give you honest feedback while you take a break to make a snack, take a quick nap, or relax with a short show. Bonus if they work in your desired field.

 

Incorporate any feedback you got, and check everything one last time for mistakes, as well as compare your application to the job’s requirements—did you answer everything they asked?

 

…And find two one-hour slots this week to tailor your materials and apply to those other two jobs you set aside as “favorites.” Make sure it’s a day when you know you’ll be in a good place (a.k.a., after a not-so-busy work day).

 

You know what they say: Hiring managers stalk.

So, better to make sure your online presence is spotless before they search for your name on Monday morning. Make sure to write your summary, alter your headline so that your expertise is clear, fill in your experience, arrange your skills, and (if you have time) email a past co-worker or boss for a recommendation.

 

I saved the easiest task for last (you’re welcome).

To wind down your day (and supplement all the work you did), spend 10 minutes writing up and sending out emails to anyone—a friend in the same field, an old co-worker, a distant relative. Ask them for coffee, for advice, or even just to take a look at your resume and give feedback. The more help and support you surround yourself with, the easier your job search will ultimately be.

 

I get it, job searching on a Saturday is a huge bummer. But there’s never going to be a “fun” time to do it. And if you repeat this for a few weekends in a row, you’ll be lining up interviews in no time.

Think about it this way: Start today and you could have a shiny new job by next month.

 

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Unemployment will drop to lowest since 1969

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America’s unemployment rate has plummeted from 10% during the Great Recession to 4.1% today. Goldman Sachs thinks it’s not done falling.

The unemployment rate is likely to tumble to 3.5% by the end of 2019, Goldman Sachs predicted in a report published late Friday.

The last time unemployment was 3.5% was December 1969, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“Such a scenario would take the U.S. labor market into territory almost never seen outside of a major wartime mobilization,” Goldman Sachs chief economist Jan Hatzius wrote.

It’s a remarkable transformation given the millions of jobs lost and 10% unemployment experienced in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

Hatzius said 3.5% unemployment would symbolize an evolution from the “weakest labor market in postwar U.S. history to one of the tightest.”

President Trump, who as a candidate promised to be the “greatest job producer that God ever created,” cheered the forecast for sub-4% unemployment.

“Analysts predict economic boom for 2018!” Trump tweeted on Monday morning without mentioning Goldman Sachs.

Trump has frequently predicted his plan for tax cuts will be a huge boon for the economy.

Goldman Sachs explained its economic optimism by pointing to “impressive momentum” that will be bolstered by post-hurricane rebuilding and “tax cuts now on the horizon.”

However, the firm said it expects the GOP tax plan will only have a “moderate” impact on the economy.

No matter the cause, Americans may finally get a much-needed raise. Hatzius predicted that “unimpressive” wage growth will finally accelerate thanks to the shrinking pool of available workers. He said wage growth should reach the 3% to 3.25% rate consistent with full employment in 2018.

Wage growth has been a glaring missing ingredient in the economic recovery. Nearly half of Americans polled by Pew in October feel their wages haven’t kept up with the cost of living.

 

There’s no doubt that stronger wages and 3.5% unemployment would be terrific news for Americans who have long been disappointed by the recovery from the Great Recession.

But for Wall Street, there could be reason for caution in the longer run. One reason: significant pay hikes would eat into corporate profits, and thus stock prices.

Moreover, if the unemployment rate gets to 1969 levels, the Federal Reserve may be forced to speed up interest rate hikes out of concern inflation will rear its ugly head. That could alarm investors because the Fed’s promise to only gradually raise rates has been a major driver of the stock market boom.

The job market “strength is becoming ‘too much of a good thing,'” Hatzius wrote. “Containing further overheating will become a more urgent priority in 2018 and beyond.”

That’s why he forecasts the Fed will raise interest rates four times next year, which is more than Wall Street is anticipating. Raising rates too quickly could even bring on a recession.

Morgan Stanley recently warned that adding expensive tax cuts to a healthy economy could cause the economy and stocks to “boom then bust.”

David Kelly, chief global strategist at JPMorgan Funds, wrote in a report on Monday that he’s also worried the economic expansion and bull market could get “overcooked” by continued low rates and tax cuts that are “entirely inappropriate.”

“For now, there are still only minor signs of overcooking. However, looking ahead to 2018, fiscal policy is about to turn up the heat,” he wrote.

 

4 Small Daily Habits That’ll Have a Big Impact on Your Career

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It’s super easy to think big in your career. I’m going to achieve this ginormous goal. I’ll develop 100 new skills. I’ll reach the top level in my field.

But the problem we face is that reaching those big goals feels impossible from where we stand today.

So, one resolution I’ve made for myself is to think smaller. Not to say I don’t hold myself to high standards, but I’m allowing myself to take easier, more bite-sized steps to get there.

Want to know how? Here are four things I swore to do every day to improve my career this year—and I promise, they’re so simple you’ll be surprised you don’t do them more often.

1. Read

Before you panic that I’m asking you to dive into a new book every day, don’t. Reading can mean a lot of different things. For me, it sometimes means checking out one in-depth blog post, while other days it means reading five pages of a book before bed.

Smart people know that by keeping up with industry news or downloading the latest professional development book, they’re always one step ahead of the game. They’re constantly learning, and constantly engaging with new ideas, new voices, and new perspectives—and these further shape and support the decisions they make. Plus, the only way you’re going to become a better communicator is by witnessing good written communication first hand.

So, make a vow to read something every day. Maybe you settle for five pages a night like me, then increase that number over time. Or, maybe you subscribe to popular publications in your field and spend your commute reading as much as you can.

This isn’t school, so don’t make it feel like work—rather, engage with material that inspires and motivates you to be and do better.

2. Connect

Chances are you check social media daily, if not more often. What I’ve found, however, is that I don’t spend enough time actually talking to people on these platforms.

You’ve heard the usual career advice, like reach out to a stranger on LinkedIn or email your network to grab coffee. But realistically, we’re not going to do that every day (how exhausting would that be?).

However, there’s something called keeping your networking warm, and it’s just as important—things like commenting when someone changes their job status on LinkedIn, sending a private Facebook to a colleague who just got engaged, or texting an old friend to catch up. While they may not directly impact your career now, they keep the door open for when you may need something later on.

Maybe you’ll need that person to serve as a reference, and since you’ve stayed in close contact you know they’ll speak highly of you. Or, you’ll start a partnership with their company and because you get along so well, you’re able to sell a bigger deal. When that time comes, you won’t regret having spent two minutes a day nurturing that relationship.

3. Write

I’m an editor, so I don’t normally throw the word “write” around loosely. However, just like reading, I believe it’s so important to practice regularly—in no matter what fashion.

I have a friend who’s been journaling since the sixth grade. I don’t think if you asked her why she continues to do it she’d say because it helps her advance in her career. But I can tell you that this outlet has helped her process her feelings and clear her head better than any form of therapy out there.

It’s also how she keeps track of what she accomplishes. She’s kept every notebook she’s filled since she first started journaling, and as a result she can look back on the past week, month, or year and see how far she’s come (eighth grade crushes excluded).

Maybe you also journal (or want to start). Or maybe you hate it like me, that’s OK. But find ways to express yourself, your thoughts, and your ideas through writing. Start a blog, write a LinkedIn article, take on a freelancing project, track your accomplishments, write for your company’s website, craft clever tweets, post on Facebook, contribute to a discussion group, create an idea journal. Form a paper trail you can be proud of and that’ll also remind you how much you’ve grown and learned.

4. Ask Questions

This is the easiest advice you’ll get all day.

Ask your boss how they got where they are today, ask your colleague what they’re working on, ask a friend to explain a foreign concept to you, ask for help when you need it. Be curious—in meetings, while sitting at your desk, at events, over drinks. Always strive to learn more and understand what you don’t know. There’s truly no such thing as a dumb question (in fact, it’ll only make you look smarter), and if you don’t ask now you’ll only look back later and wish you had.

Seems almost too simple, right? But if you’re someone who tends to get lazy when it comes to your career, these are great places to start. After all, how hard can it be to read, write, connect with, and ask about one thing a day?

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5 Things I Would Do Differently if I Could Start My Career Again

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My career over the past seven years hasn’t been perfect—in fact, we could all agree that if we had the chance, we’d probably turn back time and do certain things a little bit differently.

Alas, this isn’t possible (otherwise someone please tell me where can I get one of those time machines). However, I have learned several valuable lessons throughout my experience that might help you as you navigate your own career.

Pst—you’re not too late to do any of these things!

1. Invest Less in Materials, More in Your Mind

The trajectory of your career will be largely based on how you decide to spend your initial paychecks. You’ll be tempted to spend it on getting a nicer apartment, upgrading your clothes, and going out to fancier restaurants.

While these aren’t necessarily bad things—you deserve to treat yourself every once in a while—you might want to think about spending your money on knowledge instead. It’ll not only give you the greatest return on investment, but also be the one thing that lasts over time.

There are certain skills that are applicable to any job, such as communication, knowing how to effectively read and write, building strong relationships, networking, and time management, while there are obviously others that are more specific to your industry.

To expand on any of these, you have several options for investing your money (instead of having a luxurious weekend away)—you can take an online class, or buy a career-boosting book, or even hire a career coach.

2. Make Health a Number One Priority

Health is the foundation that accelerates everything in your life, including your career. It elevates your creativity, energy, and grit to get through the inevitable ups and downs you’ll experience.

For far too long, I struggled to find breakthroughs in my career because I was neglecting my health, both mental and physical. This led to having less willpower and discipline during my day, and thus being less productive over time.

Prioritizing your health isn’t just a one-time task. It actually has to take priority over everything you do. That means scheduling it into your calendar, making investments to buy the right food and exercise regularly, and even giving up other bad habits.

It’s true: Once you have your health together, everything else comes easier.

3. Learn How to Best Manage Your Time (Whatever That Means for You)

How we spend our time ultimately determines how much we accomplish in our lifetime. While 30 minutes here or there getting sucked into Facebook or taking one too many coffee breaks doesn’t feel like much, it can start to add up in a bad way.

The thing is, how you manage your time is something only you can figure out—everyone works through their to-dos in different ways.

The best time management tactics I’ve learned over time—that might help you get started—are usually the simplest. For example, you can try scheduling everything into your calendar so each task has a specific time frame for completion.

Or, you can try the “One Thing” strategy of asking yourself, “What’s the onetask I can complete that will make everything else easier or unnecessary?”

Or, you can try one of these six better productivity hacks for people who don’t love the “famous” ones.

We can’t control how time passes, but we can maximize it to be, do, and achieve more.

4. Treat Every Relationship as Life-Long

The person you meet today may be someone you work with two, five, or 10 years from now. He or she could be an employee you want to hire, a potential business partner, or even your future boss.

When you treat every relationship as a lifelong relationship, you’ll be more giving, more patient, and more pleasant to be around.

To practice this daily, you need to focus on giving first without expecting anything in return. This might mean checking in with someone you met at a networking event via social media or over email every few months to see what’s new with them. Or, setting aside time in your calendar to regularly have lunch with team members.

And, you never know how even the most insignificant relationships will help you down the road. For example, because she stayed in contact with a networking connection, Ann Shoket, author and former Editor-in-Chief at Seventeen Magazine, turned a one-time meetup into the job that launched her career.

5. Think Bigger

One of the most common regrets I hear from successful people I interviewis that they “didn’t think big enough.”

Many of the things we want in our lives will come to us as long as we give ourselves the permission to receive them. I’m sure there are things you have in your life today that five years ago you only dreamed about.

Whether you’re looking for a promotion, a new career opportunity, or a better life overall, it starts by thinking 10X bigger and raising your standards.

For example, billionaire and co-founder of Paypal Peter Thiel came up with a great question you can ask yourself to do just this:

What would you have to do if you want to achieve your 10-year goal in six months?

As unrealistic as it may sound, this level of thinking forces you to break past your current limitations and fears and ultimately approach your career with confidence, ambition, and a clear head.

 

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The 6 Best Job Search Lessons

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The prospect of returning to work after years away from my career was daunting. I faced a host of challenges: a lack of recent and relevant experience, outdated corporate skills, and uncertainty about my Baby Boomer place in a Millennial-focused world.

I still thought, however, based upon my early career success and an advanced degree in my field, that I’d get a great offer in no time. It didn’t happen. My strategy—jumping into a role that was the wrong fit (and later leaving), followed by picking up consulting gigs here and there and then trying to explain it all in a resume with gaps and changes—was failing. I needed a strategic shift.

So I changed everything, from how I was approaching the job search process to my end goal. As a result, I applied for and landed a returnship, with Goldman Sachs. (If you’ve never heard of it, a returnship is an internship for people returning to the workforce.) It enabled me to add current and substantive experience to my resume, and reset my career path so I could once again move forward.

Here are the six most important lessons I learned in my quest to get back on track.

1. Update Your Online Presence

Being a somewhat tech-savvy boomer, I had a LinkedIn profile.

But too many people have ones that are lackluster or outdated. If that’s you, place this at the top of your to-do list. Both recruiters and hiring managers use the site to find and screen candidates. (If you’re starting from scratch, here are 10 steps to creating an “all-star” profile.)

I left off dates for my degrees to minimize age bias, and truncated my experience to the past 10 to 15 years (I recommend you do the same!).

2. Network—Always

You may think that networking is just for young professionals who need to meet new people. That’s simply not true. It’s beneficial regardless of your age.

For example, I had a friend put in a good word for me, and I know that helped me to be considered for the role at Goldman.

Here are four things you should start doing (if you’re not already):

  • Periodically touch base with professional contacts. Be memorable by sending a personal note and an interesting article once a month.
  • Let the other person know that you respect their time by being specific when you have an “ask.” Say (or write): “I’d really appreciate your perspective—can we speak/meet for 15 minutes?” And then stick with that time commitment.
  • Extend your network. Ask your contacts to connect you with their contacts. (Here’s an email template for requesting an introduction.)
  • Follow-up with a thank you note, every time. Take it to the next level by offering to be of help if they ever need your perspective or expertise.

3. Make it Easy for People to Help You

If you’re asking someone to refer you, give them everything they need, so they can simply send along your details.

So, if you’re applying to a role at their company, this includes the job name, job number, your resume, and bullets outlining what skills and experience you’d bring that match the requirements for the role.

People are busy, and so if you give them a complete email they can simply forward, it’s a lot more likely it’ll get passed on.

4. Refine Your Elevator Pitch

When you’ve had a lot of experience, it’s important (though often hard) to be clear about your objectives.

What are your areas of expertise?

What type of role are you looking for?

It’ll be tempting to rattle off everything you’ve done in the past, or say, “I can really do anything.” But a long speech can be overwhelming for listeners—and can make you look overqualified—and unfocused. So, cut it down and zero in on one thing you want the other person to come away with. My rule of thumb is that it should be no longer than 30 seconds.

5. Practice Self-Care

Unreturned emails, closed doors, and rejection all sting. But, it happens to pretty much everyone, especially when you’re outside the “sweet spot” of hiring prospects.

There’ll be surprises for better and worse: People that you’d have bet would be right there to help aren’t; and people you barely knew will do all they can.

So, it’s all the more important to be kind to yourself: go the gym, meet friends, and see a movie! That stuff may seem frivolous when you’re job searching, but it’ll help you feel happier—and keep you from letting your identity be wrapped up in your professional life.

6. Pay it Forward

Once you’ve landed in your new role, do what you can to help a colleague or friend of a friend. It could be at work, like offering to mentor junior employees.

Or, it could be that someone contacts you seeking your advice. Remember how you felt when you were job searching and do your best to find the time!

And of course, when you’re hiring in the future, give those who’ve had winding career paths a second look.

After my 10-week returnship program ended, I was asked to stay on for another year—and I did, happily. When my role recently came to an end, leaving Goldman Sachs was bittersweet.

But one thing that made me feel better is that I knew I was ready to find my next, more permanent position. On this search, I have not only a solid and recent accomplishment to leverage, but all of the lessons I’ve learned the last time around, as well as some new and treasured Millennial friends.

 

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ARE YOU IN NEED OF TOP TALENT NOW? Don’t have the time to spend nor available bandwidth to look for your company’s perfect match? Does this leave you with projects undone, unable to launch new initiatives or deliver desired output, let alone to grow your profits? Is your hiring process stalled and limping along with unfilled requisitions? Discover the ease and satisfaction of partnering with experts whose ONLY mission is to accomplish laser-focused search and to acquire top-tier skill on your behalf, each and every day! Contact us at 415-234-0707  or email at connect@superiansources.com Find out what a customized service SAVES you in TIME, MONEY and RESOURCES!

ARE YOU TODAY’S TOP TALENT LOOKING FOR A NEW ROLE? Do you want assurance that you are represented by the best and have opportunities open to you within exceptional workplaces? Have you heard that being presented by a boutique search firm is the edge you need to get in the door and have your opportunity to shine? Contact us at 415-234-0707 or email at  connect@superiansources.com – http://www.SuperianSources.com