5 Things I’ve Learned About Job Searching

“Think of yourself as on the threshold of unparalleled success. A whole, clear, glorious life lies before you. Achieve! Achieve!” 

Andrew Carnegie

You will often see me quoting Andrew Carnegie. Yes, because he was an accomplished soul whose depth-filled one-liners have been well-documented, but more so because graduating from Carnegie Mellon’s engineering school is one of my proudest achievements and accomplishments in life.

The other is creating and building Career Benders, Inc.

I’ve gained some pretty incredible insights into the working world over the past three years of growing my pride and joy, and I feel compelled to share as much of that knowledge (wisdom?) as possible as Career Benders and I continue to inspire confident professionals.

We live in a world where mediocrity has become the norm, and I’ve always had a heartfelt desire to help people push past that. I want to be the catalyst to that glorious life that lies before you if you cross the afore quoted threshold and work towards achievement. Career Benders has given me the opportunity to do just that for many successful job seekers, leaders, and entrepreneurs.

But I want to do more.

Throughout my work with hundreds (nearly 500!) clients in the past three years, I’ve realized there are a lot of common pain points among most employees and job seekers, including the obvious recurring theme that clearly sparked the company’s now recognizable #inspiringconfidentprofessionals hashtag.

The Goal: Confidence.

This word comes up in just about every conversation I have with a professional. Whether it’s a new grad trying to take the first big step in the working world, or a 20+ year executive trying to understand their value in the market, I find everyone struggles with confidence. Add serious career trauma, like a layoff, to the mix and then top it off with the emotional-roller-coaster-marathon of job searching, and this sh*t can just wear you down.

We’re here to build you back up; to help you cross the threshold to unparalleled success, so you can achieve – in the way YOU define achievement. We have a sole mission: to inspire confident professionals, and here are some of the areas we’re going to help do just that.

Career Clarity

When I die, I’ll probably have a meme somewhere that says: “Lack of clarity in a job search can be more detrimental to your job search than a bad resume.” I’ll probably also have one that says, “I love streams of consciousness; that’s where the good nuggets live,” but I digress…

We’re past the days of one-resume-rules-them-all, and lack of clarity can definitely disrupt the whole target-and-tailor, story-telling style people expect of resumes today. You can’t tell a story if you don’t know who your audience is, and clarity helps do just that.

Clarity also helps avoid the throw-everything-at-the-wall approach to job searching, which is all too easy in the age of Indeed and the good ‘ole APPLY button. Getting trigger happy on that button is fast-track to frustration (there’s a third posthumous Angie meme for ya). Quantity in your job search is not the answer.

Resumes that Resonate

As mentioned above, resumes are now expected to speak specifically to the position at hand, and after writing almost 500 resumes in three years, I know a thing or two about how to create a resume that resonates…with ATS, recruiters, hiring managers…with dogs, fish, cacti, and every other random thing that might present itself in your 17-step interview process.

I’ve also found resumes to be an amazing confidence-building tool; seeing your experience through the eyes of an objective outside party can put a whole new perspective on your value and personal brand. I often feel this is one of the most rewarding and impactful areas of my work: the reaction to a great, well-written, spot-on, this-is-me-resume. There’s nothing like it.

Leveraging LinkedIn

Even before the whole world moved into Zoom, a place I’ve lived comfortably for 2+ years before the recent boost in real estate value, LinkedIn was an integral tool to job searching.

That’s now amplified 10-fold.

LinkedIn can close the gap in an (overly) automated and robotic application process to give you a small chance in connecting with a real human at an actual company. It’s also a great platform for digging up alumni connections, professionals for informational interviews, and other valuable networking contacts that can help you tap into that elusive, aptly named “hidden” market.

Nailing Virtual Interviews

Pretty much everyone I know, except me, hates interviewing and despised it before technology came in and blew up everything we know about best practices.

From what to wear to how to interact with the camera, I’ve helped people go from complete interviewing nightmares to total aces who have even turned past failures into success when given a second shot.

My approach to interview prep is to build skills and knowledge, not prep for a moment in time, so you can get through standard interviews and curveball questions with confidence while ensuring the new insertion of technology doesn’t disrupt a process you would otherwise be successful in.

 

Angie Callen, Founder

I created Career Benders to inspire confident professionals. In just three years, we have helped nearly 500 professionals navigate job searches, nail interviews, and find satisfaction in their careers. We’re here for you!

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