Jenna Bias, Onboarding Manager at Rupa Health
Jenna is an RN who had worked as a bedside nurse for her entire career. When she began to reach the point of burnout, she knew that in order to find fulfillment in her career, she needed to switch industries.
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Figuring out your next role can seem almost impossible if you’re trying to switch industries. Especially if all of your experience has been in the industry you are trying to leave.
Jenna had been a bedside RN for her entire career, but no matter where she worked, she always felt misaligned. She knew she didn’t want to spend her life tolerating her career and that something had to change.
Having her first child was the push she needed to go after what she really wanted, true career happiness. She wanted to set an example for her daughter that work didn’t have to suck, and she wanted the hours she was apart from her to be doing something she loved.
She felt lost in the possibilities of her next career and decided the best way to narrow it down for her situation was to focus on organizations. Jenna got really particular about what she wanted out of her next company:
- An organization in the health space
- A company that was having a big impact on people & making a difference for the better.
- A company culture that matched her must-haves
- A flexible schedule, possibly working from home
- Autonomy in her role
With this list. Jenna narrowed down her search to a list of 8 possible companies, 3 she was extremely interested in and one front-runner that she felt would be the perfect fit and felt really drawn to.
Jenna decided to make her front-runner the priority and do everything she could to make connections and learn about that organization.
She began reaching out to people who worked at her target organization on LinkedIn and through email and even sent a few Loom videos to hiring managers and the CEO.
Initially, Jenna was rejected for the role that she really wanted at this organization. She followed up by asking what she could have done differently, and the hiring manager was extremely generous in her response. Ultimately, the job had gone to someone with more experience in the role she was applying for.
Jenna didn’t let this rejection dissuade her from going after a role with her target organization. She took all of the advice the hiring manager gave her and doubled down. She kept in touch with people at the organization, continued learning about the company, and kept an eye on their job boards.
When the same role was posted a few months later, Jenna applied again. She reached out to the hiring manager to let her know, and the hiring manager let her know they had actually been planning to reach out to her!
Jenna ended up landing the role the second time around! In this episode, you’ll learn all of the details that went into her making connections at the company she wanted to work for, using Loom videos and other tools to stand out, going back after she got turned away and ultimately landing a role with her ideal organization in a completely new industry.
What you’ll learn
- How to identify the right next step for your career when switching industries
- The importance of persevering after rejection during a job search
- How Jenna used Loom videos to get in the door of her dream organization
I think one of the reasons the podcast has been so helpful to me is because you talk to people in different roles, and all of a sudden I have exposure to people in different roles. Talking about why they got there and what they like about it.
I wanted to thank you because you have helped me land a job that is more fulfilling in every way than a job I thought I could have had before I met you. The work you did and the techniques you taught me literally changed my life.
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