3 Steps to Finding Your Best Next Job
October 17, 2022
In a recent blog post, I talked about choosing the best path to your next job. In that article, I highlighted the most powerful way to find a job that you love… one that fits you and steers you in the direction you want to go.
In this article, I want to dig into that process a little bit, because I know that it can be daunting.
I’m going to give you three steps for getting onto this new path so you can get moving forward more quickly and easily.
But first: What is this job-hunting process that am I talking about?
The best way to find your best job – one that you’ll be happy in and will also help you move in the direction you want to go in your career – is to network first, apply second.
This isn’t just your typical networking, where you walk into a room of unknowns and see if you can find something interesting. Rather, it’s an intentional networking process during which you connect with prospective employers that you have already researched. Ideally, you have already spoken to them by email or phone prior to the networking opportunity!
What makes this your best choice? There are a few reasons!
For one, you’re starting with what you are interested in doing and then finding the job that fits what you want. That’s why this process increases the likelihood that you’ll be happy in your job.
For another, you’ll start with companies that you’re interested in working for and focus only on them, which increases the likelihood that you’ll like where you work.
And lastly, you’ll make connections with prospective employers before you apply for a job, which means you are a known quantity to them and vice versa. Everyone interacts better with people they know; that includes hiring managers!
How can you get onto this more lucrative job-hunting path more easily, especially since it’s probably new to you?
Here are three steps to get you started:
- Download my guide, The Secret to Getting to the Front of the Line, and answer the two questions it presents. You’ll end up with a list of key contacts!
- Send a message to each of those contacts to begin connecting. This could be via email or through LinkedIn.
- Meet with each of those contacts in person or via Zoom and have a networking conversation. In addition to telling them what you are looking for, make sure you learn what they are up to and how you might be able to help them.
If this still feels too big, or you aren’t sure what to say, maybe we should talk. I can help you get clear about what you’re looking for, coach you around what you want to say during your conversations, and help you build your confidence, so you present your best self to your prospective future employers. If that sounds like something you need, let’s connect! Just fill out the form on this page to get started.
What if you could find out about job openings before they were posted?
Download the guide, The Secret to Getting to the Front of the Line, and learn how to access the hidden job market.