So you’re looking to change jobs and you’ve finally mustered up the courage to take the first step – hopping onto Google and searching for “marketing jobs”. Let me take a guess at what happens next: You get a zillion search results, some in your geographic region, some not. Indeed, LinkedIn and Monster all populate to the top of your page and you’re immediately overwhelmed. So you shut your computer in a panic and vow that you actually like our current job and chastise yourself for being foolish enough to venture into the deep end of the professional pool.
Been there, done that, my friend.
Two years ago I was in your exact same shoes. I got in full job search mode, cranking through LinkedIn page after LinkedIn page, praying I would stumble across my dream job – even though I had no idea what that was or how I was going to find it. I was so stressed out and thought, “There has to be a better way.”
After lots of soul searching, journaling and verbal processing, I came to the realization that I wasn’t really searching for a job. And from what I know from the 200+ people I’ve coached – no one is really searching for just a job. They want a career, a mission, a permission slip to delve into something they’re passionate about. What they really want is to work for a company that aligns with their passions, values and beliefs about the world. What they want, is a rockin’ company culture with thoughtful leadership.
So I decided to flip the traditional job search on its head, went cold turkey on LinkedIn and Indeed and focused all of my energy towards prospecting really great companies to work for. I got crystal clear on what I wanted my lifestyle to look like, what I valued in a company culture and how I wanted to feel at the end of every work day.
And a funny thing happened. I went from being stressed, to having a lot of fun. To be honest, I kind of miss it. It was blast uncovering cool companies to work for – companies I had never heard of. I got super curious and changed my tune from the dreaded “job search” to an enlightened season of “company exploration”. And because I had spent the time to really sift through my priorities, I was able to cut out the noise and hone in my list which really led me to my job at The Muse.
So throw away the overwhelm that is job searching and get excited about exploring really great companies to work for. I wouldn’t be surprised if your dream job/company is hidden somewhere out there.
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Why You Should Never “Job Search”
June 28, 2016