Tips To Find Work You Love
1. Look forward to your second most important day
Take time to define your passion and purpose. This may take longer than you want it to, and may not be resolved in an afternoon, but the time invested is time well spent and the key to finding the right direction. According to lore, Mark Twain said: “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” There is an entire website dedicated to the idea that he did not in fact pen or speak those words, called The Apocryphal Twain, which sleuths out misattributions, but the same site reports that it’s been searched over 5 million times in a short period, so obviously the line resonates.
2. Make a List of companies that are aligned to your passions, not just appear to be
Start doing your homework. Once you know what industry or area you care about find out which companies share your mission by researching those around the themes that move you. Dive deep into learning about them (go on Glass Door for instance and read up on the corporate culture. There’s nothing worse than a fitness company that never lets its employees workout, for instance), and you will have a list of mission-aligned companies that you admire. Connect with them through social media, particularly via LinkedIn.
3. Figure out the narrative to your story, then tell it
Everyone needs to be able to tell the story of why they want to make this change. You’re bringing your skill set to a new set of problems, so connect the dots for a future interviewer. This may start to feel a little bit like therapy at times, as you figure out the narrative, so don’t be surprised if you find yourself lying on the couch, staring at the ceiling. Get clear about your natural and experiential talents and what brings you joy. (And avoid ever saying: “I’m a people person.” Instead, tell how you use your background or skills to accomplish a difficult task.) Then, write these down and define your ideal job or career path. Be as tunnel-vision as possible here as you want to go for your dream job. You can always expand later to cast a wider net if need be.
4. Write a customized resume for each company or industry if you need to
Customize your resume to prioritize the areas that best suit your future job or employer, not your past. You want to address your perfect job specifically on each line, and be clear in your profile or summary section as to what your passion is and what you bring to the job that will be a benefit to them (you are there to solve their problems, remember). Expect to do several revisions until you think: If I were them, I would want me to join their team (not: I want to join their team). Be concise about what you bring to the situation. Then, head on over to LinkedIn and tailor your profile there.
5. Start connecting to people over zoom “just because” and before you need them.
There is so much truth in ‘It’s all about who you know.’ Oddly, COVID has, in many ways despite social distancing, made this easier. Make a commitment to network with like-minded people and companies that share your passion.What does this mean exactly? Comment thoughtfully with ‘value-add’ on LinkedIn when the companies or people you respect make a post.
Share their posts with others on your page, with relevant hashtags, so you can engage and network on LinkedIn and form a community. LinkedIn is your new home-away-from-home.
Hit up every Zoom meeting that you think is going to make you connections. Networking is the job before you get the job. Follow up with fellow participants or speakers from the Zoom meeting, webinar, speaker series, etc. because, as we know, ‘It’s all about who you know.’
The Big Bonus: You don’t have to go it alone
And if all of this has you in a career crisis, of course, just reach out to the experts like Bonnie or others to talk it all through and find some clarity and direction. Looking for a job – like living through a pandemic – can be extremely stressful, and you don’t have to go it alone!
Elysabeth Alfano is a plant-based business consultant and helps people transition to a plant-based diet. Follow her @ElysabethAlfano on all platforms and at ElysabethAlfano.com.