How To Find The Right Job

One of our favorite quotes, from writer/playwright George Bernard Shaw, says “A new job is always worth doing just because it is new. If something seems to be worth doing but you don’t like it, it isn’t really worth doing. You can only have things worth doing if you don’t mind them at all.

This is one of the most vital questions any successful entrepreneur should be asking himself this year, because it’s actually a question for every job, every business. Is it worth doing? If the answer is yes, great. If the answer is no, take a more critical look at where the business might be headed. That is your opportunity for change. You can’t do this job for a living. You will need more skill and experience, that’s for sure. If it seems like the job is not worth having, then consider finding another job that does. I will always advise my students, “Don’t be afraid to change jobs.” Even if the new job is not ideal, the journey is worth it.

The most effective way to start getting to know a company is by seeing if you can work for that company. How can you make a difference? There are two ways I do this. Number 1: Meet a representative of the company for a few hours or so. Then ask questions and see what happens. What do they have to say? What is the focus of the organization that you will be joining? I find this to be an excellent way to get a feel for a company prior to doing business there. Then, once you have a solid idea of a company and see that there is a possibility that you will be able to make a difference at that company, come back when the company is hiring for an interview. The idea here is to see if you like working for that company. I have a friend that works for Disney at the end of the day. She gets to sit in on everything Disney does. What that has done for her is that she knows most of the people they hire and works with a lot.

At this point, the next step is to get your resume together for every position that you are considering. This can be a daunting task. It starts with the basics. Write down your education (if you have one) what kind of experience you have, the titles for the jobs you are planning to take (the position of your dreams), and so on. I would also like to note here that I consider it very important to write down things of importance to you. You should also consider all of the experience that you have and find out how much is being considered for each position you want. Once you have written this down in the form of a resume, I would like to get you some samples so that when a company calls you to interview that they can see what you would look like as a candidate if hired. I recommend going to sites like Glassdoor and getting samples from people that are currently employed in the same position that you are considering for an interview. Also, get your current and past employers to send you resume samples once you finish reading over their job descriptions and see how much they are willing to talk about. Get as many resumes that you can, especially if you are applying to a company as a graduate degree holder.

If it is something you are absolutely passionate about, then make sure you have a reason to leave academia. Here are some questions that I use to determine this: 1. Where does this passion come from? 2. How does the passion translate into new research? 3. Can I create something, a product, or have an idea of my own? 4. Is this my dream job? 5. Does the company have a research or teaching component? 6. What other jobs have you worked? 7. Is the job your dream job? If the answer to any of these questions is no, then you need to figure out another way to make a difference. As previously mentioned, I recommend asking the people that you meet to see what they are doing. A quick Google search of “how to get into Google” will show you what you need to do.