Mike Bigelow is an Engineer who specializes in Green Engineering.
on this episode
We’ve all been there – you’re looking to transition into a new career, you have all the right credentials on paper, and you’re ready to step into that interview room. You believe you’re the perfect fit for the company but how do you make them believe that too?
For energy engineer Mike Bigelow, having conversations with people in the field was the key. He filled his time making connections and building relationships with them, which gave him an edge with his industry knowledge. He followed up when needed and offered valuable solutions without expecting a job offer in return, and it worked in his favor. His patience coupled with his methods got him various opportunities he otherwise wouldn’t have had he not initiated the conversation.
Not only that, but he also learned that in order to convince your interviewer that you can be a valuable part of the company, you must start with yourself. Take a step back and analyze what your strengths are. Highlight what sets you apart and identify even the most minor of factors that can stall your progress. Most importantly, don’t be scared to ask around and reach out to people when you need help. It will never be seen as a sign of weakness.
Tune into this week’s episode as Scott and Mike discuss the value of informational interviews and for more advice on making a successful career change.
What you’ll learn
- How a self-starter drive can make you indispensable to any organization.
- Why taking things into your own hands with little expectation of reciprocity can generate favorable results.
- The difference between local and remote career change (and how to build relationships when you’re not in the same city)
- How to market yourself as the best candidate (even if there are no listed positions!)
- Why career transitions are actually silver linings.
With Phillip's help, I was able to believe that this is the area that I should be in because I just feel a lot of passion towards it. And the aspects of "what if I'm not paid enough, after transferring into this new field?" HTYC motivated me to not be afraid of those things, and just keep looking and connecting with people.
I’ve been offered the job! It was great having the opportunity to speak with you prior to my interview. It enabled me to highlight my strengths as part of the conversation and I was able to be clear about my enthusiasm for opportunities to be proactive versus reactive. I also highlighted my desire to provide positive individual experiences. Our discussion not only assisted me in the interview but it also helped to increase my confidence!
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