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Are you still blindly looking for a job?-Afterthought for Reading “Lean In”

Are you still blindly looking for a job?

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As a graduate, you may be feel both excited and uncertain about your future. Sometimes, you may be not sure what’s your plan; you may be not clear about your goal; you may be never evaluate whether the job you applied is the one you really want to do. Probably, you are just simply submitting your resume to any career websites.

Especially when you see your friends and classmates share their exciting job on social media, you probably feel some kind upset and unfair. At that moment, you desire to get a job immediately, then you can share you “successful story” and get satisfied with your  vanity for expecting “Likes”. If you have went through this, you may be easy to enter a wrong zone: You only want to get a job offer by searching any jobs, but you are ignoring the real meaning and purpose of finding a job!

I recently read a book “Lean In: Women, Work and Will To Lead”, the author Sheryl Sandberg has shared many great advice on how to manage career. I would love to share my thought about it.

When you are applying jobs

What do you need to do?

Preparation.

“Preparation is especially important when looking for a job……He told me to figure out what I wanted to do before I went to see the people who had the ability to hire me” (“Lean In”, Sheryl)

Opportunities are for people who are prepared. No matter you are looking for jobs or do any other things, you need to work hard to become a prepared person. It will help you improve confidence to face future challenges and truly accept your own opportunities.

What you need to prepare? As Sheryl suggested you need to figure out what you want to do. Do you really know yourself? Have you really seriously thought of your passion? What do you want to be in the future? What’s your short-and long-term goals? Have you started working hard to achieve your goal(s)?

If you don’t have any clue, I would like to show simple example to help you get to know yourself. Image you dream about to become a famous chef in a five star restaurant. Some questions you may need to start asking yourself:

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Find your passion and know yourself

 

If you have all the answers for above questions, congratulations! You start knowing yourself and exploring what you want to do. If you can’t answer all the questions, I guess being a chef may be not your first choice, you may need to dig into your true passion.

When you are looking for relevant chef jobs, you need to know narrow down your choices by understanding what you are good at. You may need to start think what you are good at.

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Find your choice–things you are good at

Once you filter out your choice and know what want to do, you will have a better idea to apply more relevant jobs. For example, if your goal is be a Sushi Chef, you won’t submit your application to Red Lobster.  You should show more relevant Japanese sushi experience on your resume and do some research on Sushi or Asian restaurant industry. You need to prepare everything which is relevant to your career goal!   

What do you need to consider?

The potential growth for the company and yourself.

“Only one criterion mattered when picking a job–fast growth.” (“Lean In”, Sheryl)

 When you are looking for a job, you are not only think about your passion, but you also need to evaluate the potential growth for the company which you apply for. How big of the company? What’s the management structure for company? Which stage is the company going through? Is the company able to grow fast in the long-term? Will the company go beyond the competition? Will the company still stay strong when the economic change?

Let’s still use the chef job example. If you receive an interview from a restaurant, what things you need to look for?

Firstly, you need to observe and  evaluate the restaurant itself. Is the restaurant located in a small town or big city? Is it in downtown area? Is it big or small restaurant? Does the brand have large awareness in the market? How many people visit daily? How much daily sales does it generate in average? Is there any other competitive restaurants close to this restaurant? Will the restaurant expand the market such as open a new store?

Secondly, you need to forecast potential growth for yourself. Do you have chance to learn new skills? Do you have opportunity to meet famous chef to learn more experience? Will you improve your cooking skill fast?

Until you can rational evaluate the company growth and your potential development, you are able to get more clearly to decide whether you are willing to work in long-term, and make progress together with the company.

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