Look, Taste and Smell Like You
When making your next career move the 1st thing you should do is find people who look, taste and smell like you doing the kind of work you want to do.
This might mean finding people with characteristics like:
- Past Job Titles
- Ethnic Makeup
You are looking for people who look like you and find out where they are working. That will give your hints for companies that might actually hire you.
Let me give you some examples.
Look, Taste and Smell Example #1
I was approached by a gentleman who had been overseas for about 10 years. He has a Ph.d. in Linguistics and had been doing some very specialized translations of religious materials. He was very mission-driven. The translating work he accomplished had an impact on changing people’s lives.
He had returned to the U.S. with his family due to family issues and he needed to find a job but was lost as to how.
I suggested he get on LinkedIn and search for people who had a Linguistic Ph.d. from the university where he attained his degree and then look at other institutions of higher learning. Where were they working? Next search those profiles for keywords like religion, bible, Christianity …
He needed to find people who had a similar degree and were working on missions that resonated with him.
I know this is an extreme example but it illustrates the process.
Look, Taste and Smell Example #2
I have an over 50 female client who recently finished a Ruby on Rails boot camp. She was much older than everyone in the boot camp and one of the few women.
I told her while she was in the boot camp to search LinkedIn for everyone who had Ruby on Rails in their profile within a 100-mile radius of where she lived. There were over a thousand profiles listed. Almost all were young guys.
She started manually going through the profiles to find those that “looked” older in their picture or were female. What she discovered most of the men who were older, probably over 40, were ex-military and they worked for government agencies.
BINGO! Government agencies generally are fair hiring and are willing to hire older less qualified workers.
She also found a number of younger women who accompanied her to “Women Who Code” meetup groups.
Look, Taste and Smell Example #3
I had him search on LinkedIn for others who had taken the same courses in his home area in the last year AND had been at a similar stage in their career. This required a fair amount of digging in that he had to look at each person’s profile.
He found that most were working for a small number of companies including his former employer. His former employer hired him back after being unemployed for 18 months.
What Do You Look, Taste or Smell Like?
What characteristics define what you do? Are there characteristics that define what you would like to do?
Can you find people who like, taste and smell like you?
Where are these people working?Marc Miller
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