Looking For Your Next Job?

Recently I’ve had the opportunity to help a few of my peers and friends look for their next job. Some have been extremely successful while others have had a REALLY hard time finding something that they are passionate and excited to join. Here are a few guidelines to improve your method of finding the next venture to get involved with.

 

The End Point

This might seem slightly counter-intuitive but figure out where you want to end up before you even begin looking. Do you want to join a two-man team that just has an idea or would you rather join a 20-person shop who just received Series B funding? Every person is different based on their age, personal status, and career objectives. Understanding what you’re comfortable with and what you are not is a big step in laying out a proper plan.

Look at the following characteristics (in no particular order) as a way of narrowing your focus:

-       Size of the Company

-       Product or Service

-       Industry and Market

-       Position and Team

-       Funding and Financial Health

-       Direction and Mission

-       Location

Your Value Proposition

Before you can go out and figure out who you’re going to speak with, you REALLY need to determine what you bring to the table. What are your strengths? What type of role do you want to have? What you don’t want to do? How do you see yourself within the target company? Etc…

Have a clear understanding of what side of the business you want to get involved in but at the same time be flexible in moving around, especially within a startup.

Cast A Net

After you have you have created a few points of evaluating a specific company, now its time to Cast A Net. This is based on your personal network (friends and family), our friends at LinkedIn, and DO NOT forget the lovely Career Connector from yours truly Greenhorn Connect.  

You never know who is working on a startup or venture that you want to join. Personally, I have found friends that I went to middle school or high school that are working or started companies that I have interviewed with.

Shop around and do not rush into anything until both sides feel as if they found the right person. Both sides have to be with the decision they are making.

Seal The Deal

Once an offer has been put on the table, do not accept or reject it right away. Take your time, look at your other options, and determine if you’re going to counter or simply accept.

“You don’t have a decision to make unless you have options” – Simply put if you don’t have a decision to make if you only have one option. Place yourself in a situation where you can compare and contrast then make a final verdict.

Always go with your gut and take the step that you feel the most comfortable with.

If you have any other comments about the approach of finding a job, especially in the startup community, please share them below.

If you have any questions/comments, please reach out to me.

Ashkan

Ashkan [at] GreenhornConnect [dot] com

 

Discussion

Some great points!

What a great post!  As a tech recruiter myself there are some things that I definitely agree with and a few that I would like to add some insight of my own to.  

I love how you lay out some key characteristics that each and every job seeker should be thinking about BEFORE they start their search.  This is actually the first question we ask each and every candidate we work with - "What factors are important to you in your job search?".  We ask all candidates about specific industry, location, team size, company size, etc.  Honestly you would be surprised how many people really haven't put alot of thought into this.  In my opinion this is the key to any job search!  How can you get what you want, or in my case expect anyone else to find you what you want, if you don't know what it is yourself?

In regards to the resources you advise everyone to use once they have identified what it is they are actually looking for I would just like to add that you should never forget to find 1 or 2 specialized recruiters that have a network in your local area and include them in your search.  Many time recruiters are able to find opportunities that aren't easily found in any other way.  Remember - this is the only thing that they do and most times a good recruiter will have a network that covers a much larger group of companies than your personal one can.

You discuss taking time with offers.  I have a somewhat different view in this area. As someone who does nothing but speak with clients after filling their jobs I constantly hear how excited they are when a candidate accepts an offer on the spot.  Nothing gets your new employer as excited about hiring you then to hear that you are just as excited to jump onboard.  So unless you have unanswered questions you should be ready to make a decision as quickly as possible.  I actually have candidates discussing organizations and the jobs they are offering with people important to their decision making process before they even know if they will be getting an offer at all.  This will also help you to identify with any information that you are lacking or concerns you have prior to even completing the interview process.  This allows you as a candidate to be prepared to make a decision on an offer very quickly.

Finally I think that it is important that everyone realizes that each one of our searches is going to be as different from one anothers as we are from each other.  Some people will find jobs quickly and others may find it takes more time.  This is normal - don't let the success or troubles that someone you know is having influence your own search.

If you'd like to see what kind of jobs I am filling or get some more job search advice please visit us at www.chasetechconsultants.com and check out our CareerJuice Blog!


 

Bill Sullivan 
www.chasetechconsultants.com<