How To Ask For Job OPPORTUNITIES
In this post, we get to talk about one of my favorite topics, how to ask for job opportunities for yourself instead of waiting around for something to show up or someone to come and give you one.
Because instead, you can really take control of this process and you can be in control of how many job opportunities come up for you.
So stay tuned.
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The first thing: You have to be willing to go against what some people might tell you and you can’t be afraid of bothering OR disturbing people.
Something people tell me a lot is that they don’t want to disturb people, and so reaching out to people on LinkedIn who they don’t know is something that can be quite uncomfortable for them.
And maybe this is the case for you, but this is how you set yourself up to get into a position where you can get potential hidden job opportunities.
For many of you, it will be getting past the first step of talking to people that you don’t know over LinkedIn OR via email.
This will show up in many ways.
You might have thoughts like, “I’ve tried it and it doesn’t work.I’m not into networking. It’s just not my thing. I don’t like talking to strangers. I’m afraid to fail, or, I’m afraid that someone won’t like it,” or anything like that’s stopping you from actually taking the action.
Then the second thing: You need to find the right people to talk to.
You need to do some research and figure out who these people are in your industry and who they are in the companies that you’re most interested in working at.
Then you need to craft some messaging that is compelling for someone to want to help you and even compelling for someone to want to respond to you.
You’ve got to ask yourself, “Why would they respond to me? Why wouldn’t they respond to me? What’s in it for them? If I were them, would I respond?”
The third thing: Be clear on what you have to offer and believe fully in your own value.
You need to navigate the meetings and the conversations that you have strategically in a way that will lead you to the point where the person either helps you now or they help you later OR it comes to a close without the person helping you, and that’s okay too.
Any of these is fine, but we want to see the opportunity all the way through.
The most important point of all is you need to stay consistent. You need to stay in the belief that this is going to happen for you.
You need to keep going until it works.
There’s a great metaphor that my mentor gave me.
It’s called the plane to Hawaii metaphor.
If you get on a plane and you’re going to Hawaii, you might imagine if you traveled like this, you were going up to the cockpit, knocking on the doors saying, “Hey, we’re not there yet. We’re not there yet. This isn’t Hawaii. What’s going on? Isn’t this the plane to Hawaii? This doesn’t look like Hawaii.”
And he’s like, “Yeah, this is the plane to Hawaii. We’re just not there yet,” right.
And what if you started saying, “Oh, well I think we should stop. I think we should turn around.”
You know that you’re going to get to Hawaii.
That’s how I want you to see your job search, right, and this process through networking is you’re going to need to talk to a few people.
You’re going to need to have a few conversations before you reach the one that’s actually going to land you in Hawaii or land you at your dream job.
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And remember, the current system isn’t perfect, but you can outsmart it. I’m here to prove to you that you do have what it takes.
I’ll see you next time and I can’t wait!
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– XO Natalie