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What is the best way to get a job?

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Lauren’s Answer


Hey Emily, great question! It all depends on what you want to do and where you think you want to grow. The first thing I would recommend is networking - reach out to professionals in the field or fields you are interested in and ask them if you can stop by with a coffee for a brief informational interview (no more than 30 minutes and be sure to come prepared with questions. Google 'informational interview questions' if you are not sure what to ask). Not sure how to identify professionals in the field? Try leveraging search features on LinkedIn that isolate people specific to your town or city. Also, leverage your family and friends. See if they know anyone, or know anyone who knows anyone in your field. Look online to see if there are free or low cost professional development gatherings locally that you can attend and do not forget to promote yourself when you are there! Once you begin networking in the profession you want to be in, start asking about entry level opportunities they might know of. Be clear on what you want to work on and do not be afraid to ask what they feel a competitive starting wage would be (and then ask for that wage when you are interviewing). In addition, you can always look at job boards such as Indeed or Monster. I also would highly recommend looking at job boards local to your area. Last, and most importantly, when you get to the interview stage with a company you want to work for, do your research! Google the company, read their website thoroughly, come prepared with questions that show you are not only are ready to do the work, but you also are excited about the company. I hope that was helpful and good luck to you on your career!

Lucy’s Answer


A great way to get a job is to introduce yourself to people around you doing different jobs, ask questions and be curious and you may get an opportunity to get some work experience with them. I heard a great story of someone who made a video of themselves as an introduction, they sent it to a number of companies that interested them, these were in social media, and they got several job offers!

Grotius’s Answer


One of the best way to get a job is to reach out to your network (former co-workers, friends, etc.). That helps a lot with learning about the job, the field, and overall career. Certain people, especially ones who you have worked with in the past, may even be able to refer you. Read more about networking from sites like this one: https://www.forbes.com/sites/gaurisharma/2013/02/28/a-force-to-be-networked-with/#541031cf5faa

Additionally, if you have a specific job in mind down the road, you might want to start working towards that ahead of time. Taking all the classes that you need to get a degree/certification in a specific field, and learning different skills from other jobs/building a skillset will make you more attractive to employers. It's very important to have grit to get you to where you want to be. Best of luck!

Olivier’s Answer


Finding a job looks always scary. In any case, you need to start with a perfect CV. Spend some time on it and ask people to review it. I know it is hard to share it and I know some consultants can help you building it for a small fee. Do not forge to update your linkedIn too.

Once you have your CV ready, job boards will be a good starting point - that's how I found my job at Airbnb actually. Networking is also a good way to find one. Ask your family, friends, previous colleagues/boss. As much as possible keep a good relationship with your previous managers as they will at one stage be contacted by recruiters in order to give you a reference.

Finally job fairs are also becoming pretty popular especially for engineers.

Olivier recommends the following next steps:

  • Do your CV
  • Update your LinkedIn
  • Sign-up to job boards
  • Let the world know you are looking for a job.
  • Go to job fairs

Joseph’s Answer


Depending on which industry the best way to begin to narrow your ideal job is through job boards like Indeed. Ultimately your best leverage is to network with those you know or through LinkedIn.

Best of luck in your journey.

Rachael’s Answer


Rachael recommends the following next steps:

  • Create an elevator pitch
  • Network
  • Create a resume
  • Create a cover letter
  • Obtain a letter of recommendation