Most professionals don’t think of their careers in terms of a blueprint. Instead they equate careers to “having a good job”. Instead, I’d like to present in this chapter an alternative definition of thinking about your career. These are the same techniques that I have used to take my career from an entry level employee to Chief Operating Officer of a private software company and now to the CEO and Founder of my own company. These are the same techniques that high 6 and 7 figure executives use when defining and executing their own careers. These are the same techniques that I’ve used when building teams across every functional area during my 12-year executive career. This chapter will go through the blueprint in detail.
In today’s post, I’d like to lay out a framework for the job search process. Specifically, I’d like to list out 15 steps that if you start following, I believe you should start seeing success right away.
A few questions to get started:
1. Have you ever felt that you have been stuck in a job rut in your life, doing the same things again and again and not knowing where your career is going?
2. Have you ever tried to make a change, tried applying to several jobs online, possibly tried to reach out to people on LinkedIn only to never hear back?
3. Have you wondered why there are some folks who are able to take their careers all the way to the “next level” becoming executives and getting promotion after promotion regularly and then there are some others who are pretty much stuck in a job rut, only going to work for the sake of a paycheck?
If you fall into one of these categories then this post if for you. So, with that background out of the way, let’s get directly into the post.
In this video, I will discuss a 9 step framework that you can use to research a company before your upcoming interviews. Specifically, I recommend researching the following:
- Understanding the company's products/services and business model.
- Understanding the company's vision and mission.
- Understanding the company's culture and values.
- Understanding the company's customers.
- Understanding their competitors.
- Understanding the company's metrics.
- Understanding it's management team.
- Understanding its future plans.
- News or rumors about the company.