A Note to Begin
Before we get started – you may have noticed that last week we did not release a podcast episode. We wanted to pause to listen and learn from our Black brothers and sisters. We know that we are not teachers in this area, but students, and want to better understand our responsibilities in allowing racism to exist. It’s been an edifying process that I, personally, am committing to be in for the long haul.
To my Black friends listening to this podcast – I see you, I hear you, and I’m for you. If you want to talk about how I could serve you differently or better through this podcast, I would be honored to hear from you and learn from you.
Now, this podcast has most recently been solo episodes where I’m giving job search advice to my ladies. I love Wednesdays with you and I’m honored that each of you listen.
In the pause last week, I was reflecting back to when we were doing guest interviews as we started this podcast. In my reflection, it has become VERY clear to me that there was not a proportional amount of representation of people of color to white guests. This is not okay.
In future episodes, we’re already looking to bring in experts – because I certainly am not one – to speak to race, diversity, and inclusion and how it shows up at work. And we are so so excited about this! If you’ve heard me talk on this podcast before you know I speak to how we are whole people – not people who have work lives and then home lives. They blend into each other. Which is why this conversation surrounding race is so very important.
As I said, we’re doing research on our side – but if you’re a listener and know of someone that would be a good guest, please message me on LinkedIn! I am always open to suggestions!
Today’s Podcast Episode
Today’s episode is with a client of mine – Anne. She has gone through the Recruit the Employer curriculum and today she’s walking us through the way she processes accepting a job. Plus, I think her story of landing a job in the midst of coronavirus will be inspiring, uplifting, and show you what is possible with the right strategies and mindset.
I know when a lot of you do get a job offer you’re excited...but then you’re asking yourself, “What if it’s the wrong move?” You’re fearing change. You’re thinking through, “Should I just stay put?” – this idea of the devil you know vs. the devil you don’t. We’re talking about ALL of it! Anne walks us through her process of how she decided what was the right move for her and her family.
Without further ado – here is my conversation with Anne.
What We’re Talking About
- How to process through accepting (or not) a job offer
- Landing a job in the midst of coronavirus
- The strategy and mindset behind an intentional job search – and how to get these!
Anne’s Career Story
Anne went through a job transition recently, but she is no stranger to job changes and pivots in her career. From working in Brazil to San Francisco to Portland, she’s moved locations and fields in some major and inspiring ways. She studied physics and astronomy in college with a minor in geology – on the track to being a rockstar scientist. But as she got into that work after college, she realized it wasn’t the best fit for her personality. So then she moved into a role with UK Consulate using people skills very heavily...but missed using her analytical skills. After this, she moved into a tech startup company and began to understand where the connections were between her analytical data skills and people skills, and has used that moving forward in each role since then.
Anne is a queen of making micro-pivots, or quarter turns as I’m a big fan of. She found roles that were science adjacent, used her skills and interests, but each time were a little bit different and a little bit closer to a best fit job and career.
This job transition was harder than some in the past. Anne says she waited a bit longer than she should have to begin the transition due to fear and a lack of assurance. She began the job search with a haphazard approach, lacking strategy or a plan.
Her 3 big hang-ups making her unsure were:
- Mindset – viewing the job search as a chore rather than an opportunity
- Lack of thinking about what she wanted
- Lack of strategy for current season of life
But this is where she says Recruit the Employer came in to help
- Mindset shift – to see this as an opportunity to find what she wanted
- Learning to think about what she wanted through lens of strengths, joy, and what she wants – not just the lens of what she doesn’t want
- Defining what strategic looks like for her in this current season of life – and the freedom for that to look different than what it’s been previously defined as, and what’s right for this season of life for her and her family
“I was so fixated on what I couldn’t do rather than what I could do. Being able to begin to think about what I wanted from a place of ability and positivity really shifted the process of searching for a job.”
Job Search Strategy
Anne reorganized her process for job searching once she began Recruit the Employer and learned my methodology. She learned to be a strategic job searcher, rather than “throwing spaghetti against the wall” with reading job descriptions and looking or applying haphazardly.
She worked through identifying what worked well for her, for her season of life, her gifts and skills, and began the job search from that point rather than just looking at what was available and trying to fit. One of the things she identified was finding a remote-first position, and she landed an incredible one...just before our entire world went remote!
Some other things she identified as part of her job search framework was being part of a company that valued culture and people, being able to go deep in her discipline, and a role that allowed her to be an individual contributor.
Side bar: I asked Anne to define company culture as she views it. She said this tangibly looks like a company who is infinitely minded, not most concerned about optimizing for short-term profits and goals but focused on achieving a mission and vision that’s bigger than any one single person there, putting customers and employees before shareholders….and actually doing this. Big help in defining this came via Simon Sinek’s book The Infinite Game, though Anne was looking for this without having the full definition of it.
How to Find Good Company Culture
Here’s the thing, friend….you have to do the work. Anne makes it sound like she just happened to get this LinkedIn message from Buffer (who she now works for). And there is a bit of luck involved. But! This woman did a lot of work, research, and preparation that led to this offer coming her way.
She put in the work, took the time, and this began to get the momentum rolling.
How to Know If You Should Accept a Job Offer
First bit of advice from Anne: apply. You’ll learn so much through the process that helps you decide if this is a company you’d like to work for. You can google all day long, but you need to talk to people and go through the interview process to actually learn about culture and people at the company.
Anne says she built such a solid framework for what type of role she wanted, type of company she wanted to be part of, and other criteria while she was in Recruit the Employer that she had an easy time discerning if this job offer was a good fit. She had defined what she wanted, so she could see if this was a good fit or not.
“So much of the groundwork was laid through Recruit the Employer that I didn’t have a lot of guesswork or questions as I got to the end of the job offer process.”
She also did the work to have a micro and macro “nice to have” list – including salary, best case walk numbers, nuanced job details, etc. She took a lot of time to get honest and clear on what she’s looking for and what’s most important to her. And it made the process so much easier!
Anne says there’s something to be said about doing all the work in Recruit the Employer as part of her job search. And she did the work, y’all! I can attest. Through doing the work, she began to see the momentum grow and the “luck” of being ready and being in the right place. As she says, “luck is preparation meeting opportunity, and the Recruit the Employer preparation helped unlock the opportunity I never would have found without having gone through it.”
Before joining RTE, Anne knew mindset was “there” but didn’t invest in it. Through RTE, she learned how to be aware of her mindset and how to tune it to her advantage. Choosing to see her job search as fun rather than a chore was one of the first and most important changes she made in her mindset. It helped change the entire process. She also chose to turn her lens to one of introspection, to learn what she was good at and search from a place of ability. She says this learning and the structure to learn and apply through RTE transformed her job search process! Hooray!
Dealing with limiting beliefs was part of this as well. Anne chose to learn to move her mindset from one of what she couldn’t do to all the things she could do. Sometimes reframing things can be really simple and small, but make the biggest difference! You don’t have to unpack super long, it can be quick and effective. And the rewiring of your brain can be done well even without an infinite amount of time.
Transform Your Job Search and Career
“Job searching isn’t a skill you or your company may think you need to invest in. You think you just google and apply. But there is a MUCH, much better way to do it. Investing in your job searching skills and career beliefs is a lifelong skill to have. I wish I would have found a program like this much earlier in my career.
This wasn’t about this job change only. This was about how to transform how I think about my career, now and in the future.
The value of the long-term benefit, shifting how I think about my strengths, what’s fun, what’s strategic now and in the future...RTE has been so helpful in this. Your words, your framing, and your teaching have changed my lens and made me better able to look at my career.” – Anne
If you’re struggling to make a job transition or knowing if an offer is right for you, I hope Anne’s story has been encouraging and helpful for you. Huge thanks to Anne for joining me and giving us a behind the scenes look at her job search and how Recruit the Employer was a transformative part of that!!
If you want to connect with Anne, you can find her on LinkedIn.
How to Know if You Should Accept a Job Offer
June 10, 2020