After writing your 5-20 page autobiography, send it to Rich@GeoSearch.com for feedback on trends in your life regarding your work life and how you interact with people, places, and things.
The Informational Interview
Informational interviews are the most important piece of all that you can do to take control of your career and gain clarity on the work environment which is most positive for you. Ask someone for 20 minutes of their time to interview them at their place of employment. If that’s not possible, ask to meet face-to-face at a Starbucks or other convenient place. Meeting in the workplace is ideal to get a sense of the company’s culture, see how people interact with one another, and to be able to determine if it is a place that is good for you in the future.
Make sure you prepare for the interview by researching the company. Bring a list of questions to make the best use of your interviewee’s time. Here are some types of questions to ask:
- Ask about the “Industry.” Is it growing? Is it changing? If yes, how? What are the major challenges for your industry?
- Ask about their company or agency. What sets their organization apart from the competition doing the same thing?
- Ask about them. Ask them how they got to this place at this point in their career.
- Ask for referrals of 2-3 people you could ask for a similar interview. Ask permission to use their name as an introduction.
- Remember to listen and keep your questions open ended. Do not ask for a job or bring a resume as you are there for an informational interview.
Identifying Skills and Transferable Skills
Data skills include synthesizing, coordinating, analyzing, compiling, computing, copying, and comparing.
People skills include mentoring, negotiating, instructing, supervising, diverting, persuading, speaking, signaling, serving, taking instructions, and helping.
Other skills may pertain to setting up projects or equipment, precision working, operating-controlling, driving-operating, manipulating, tending, and handling.
I am a Person who ...
- I am a person who: “Knows These Particular Things”
- I am a person who: “Has These Favorite Kinds of People”
- I am a person who: “Can Do these Particular Things” (this list can include anything you are good at doing)
- I am a person who: “Has Favorite Working Conditions” (describe in a positive way)
- I am a person who: “Prefers a Certain Level of Responsibility & Salary”
- I am a person who: “Prefers Certain Places to Live”
- I am a person who: “Has a Certain Goal, Purpose or Mission in Life”
“What Color is Your Parachute?” by Richard N. Bolles
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