Think Like an Entrepreneur
Sometimes, the job search you do on job boards only gets you so far. To improve your success, think like an entrepreneur to help you market yourself to employers and show them you can present exactly what they need, or what they didn’t even know they needed. Here are some tips to help you hone an entrepreneurial attitude and approach to your search:
1. Find and communicate your niche. It’s not enough to call yourself a “librarian” or “programmer” or “UX Designer”, what are your specific strengths beyond those classifications that will make you stand out from all the other people who call themselves that? Think about how your innate talents combine with your educational training, or what your other interests and experiences are and how those complement the field you’re in. Having a specialty doesn’t limit your options, it helps people see you as the perfect person for the quirky opportunity that everyone else seems too general for.
2. Market Yourself. Selling yourself is like selling a product, and everyone needs to learn how to sell. Think about how you’re marketing yourself and by what mediums you’re doing this, and look at the target audience for your skills. Think about what problems exist that you can solve, and reach out to the people you think you can help with your “product” (ie, your skill set). Communicate your value and how you are uniquely qualified to address the needs of your “customer”.
3. Treat every interaction as an opportunity. It’s amazing what you can learn when you talk to people, and being open to opportunity in all areas of your life will dramatically increase your chances of finding yourself a career match. Be open to the possibility that the person you meet at a conference may have some great tips and advice for you, that the person at the Starbucks table next to yours might work at a growing business with a need that you can meet, or that the person in the grocery line behind you knows someone who is looking for a person with exactly your skills.
4. Give, give, give. The absolute best way to get opportunity for your career is to give help to others. What are 5 things you can do to help colleagues or professionals you know this week? People are inclined to help you when you provide value or generosity or kindness to them. In giving, you may also discover that this helps you identify new niche areas or strengths that you didn’t know you had. If you’re tired of asking for advice or seeking out opportunities for yourself, focus on giving instead, and see how that changes your job search.
Career Events this Week
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