Stay Hungry

We often talk about networking and self-promoting, but it’s hard to do this continually. I’ve found myself in a bit of a rut lately and have only managed to climb out in the past few weeks. For months, I’ve been thinking long-term about my current career and where I want to be. However, it’s only recently that I’ve been proactive about doing something about those goals rather than just daydreaming.

Sometimes we need to stop marinating a topic in our heads and actually move forward. I realized that I’d been thinking about career movement for so long that I hadn’t actually been intentional about how to get there. I’ve let months slip by out of lethargy.

Don’t get me wrong: sometimes, you do just need to focus on the present and do the best that you can do in the current season. There are some seasons where you need to let the ground lie fallow as you rejuvenate. However, sometimes it’s only winter, and even in the winter time, farmers are planning for the next year and buying seeds. Spring will come before you know it, then summer, then harvest time. Then you see the results of the work you put in.

So, how do we do this? It means keeping an eye out for jobs you want, even for jobs you’re not qualified for, to see for what requirements recruiters are asking. It means taking classes and attending seminars on honing the skills you need to move forward in your career. It means networking with people above you and people in the types of positions you want, always keeping your name out there.

You need to stay hungry. It’s the only way to not fall into complacency. Just like the best way to balance on one foot is to stare straight ahead, the best way to continually move forward is to continually look forward.

How to Conduct a Good Informational Interview

Earlier this week, I was blogging about why you should do informational interviews, but what if you don’t know how to go about it? Over the past two years, I’ve gone on about 14 or 15 informational interviews. While I can’t say I’m an expert, I do have a bit of an idea of what has worked for me in the past:

Be Flexible About Location

Offer to let your person pick the spot you two meet. It helps make the interview more convenient for him/her, and if it’s closer to his/her work, you might increase the length of the interview by cutting his/her commute time.Read More »

The Value of Informational Interviews

I’ve mentioned informational interviews before, but as my college career is winding up, I’m realizing more and more the value of these interviews. I started chasing after professional individuals the fall of my sophomore year in college, and while it was terrifying (“Hi, you don’t know me, but can I take you out for coffee and pick your brain sometime?”), informational interviews have taught me a lot about several different industries, and I became aware of jobs I never knew existed. Here are a couple reasons you should consider finding some individuals to interview during your time as a budding professional:

Networking

Because that’s how everyone says you get a job now… ‘Nuff said.Read More »

5 Beginning Freelance Writer Tips: Informational Interview with Claire DeBerg

As a part of my freelance writing internship for Monkey Outta Nowhere, my supervisor has made networking events a priority, so this morning, I had the pleasure of picking the brain of Claire DeBerg, a full-time freelance writer and editor based in Minneapolis, MN. Claire was very open about her experience as a freelance writer, and I learned a lot about what it looks like to freelance on a daily basis. Since she gave so much good information, I decided to narrow it down to what I considered the top five pieces of advice I got out of the interview:

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