Angie Griffith, Employment Services Coordinator
Angie went from a boring & isolating career in finance to a role she enjoys & is passionate about, helping disabled people find employment.
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I was talking to someone recently who had quit their job and had dedicated what used to be their entire work week to applying for jobs, and they had been at it for months.
Meaning, they were getting up in the morning, getting ready for the day, and spending ~8 hours a day applying for jobs on LinkedIn Jobs, Indeed, Monster… you name it.
Roughly 40 hours a week spent applying for jobs, for months…
And they hadn’t gotten one interview.
This likely isn’t the first time you’ve heard of a scenario like this from a current job seeker.
It’s the wild, wild west out there. Does anyone really find a great job on job boards?
It turns out – YES! Our client, Angie, found a role that fit her perfectly just sitting right there on Indeed.com, waiting for her it seemed.
She applied, added a kick-a$$ cover letter (more on that later), and landed an interview really quickly.
And after just ONE(!) interview they agreed she was a perfect fit and offered her the job.
You can find an amazing role on a job board, but it likely won’t happen by simply applying.
So if this is how your job search is feeling right now…
There are some changes you can make that will help you identify roles that are a good fit for you and land interviews!
Let’s talk about how to do job searching differently… how to make it actually work for you!
To show how this works, we’ll elaborate on Angie’s career change story.
Angie had been unsatisfied with her career for a really long time, in fact, she had never known what it was like to feel fulfilled by work or to fully enjoy her career.
She had been working in Finance for the majority of her career, and she had enjoyed some aspects of her jobs throughout the years, but she wanted to find a job that she enjoyed so much she felt like she was having fun! (insert a resounding gasp from past generations).
And speaking of past generations… Angie had a lot of mental barriers to get past before she could even allow herself to say “I want work that’s fun!” Why? Because of the mindset of work she had been raised on… where work was viewed as a necessity, not something that could be enjoyed.
“Basically you be thankful for what you what job you have, and you stick with it forever. I mean, there’s no such thing as job satisfaction as far as my parents were concerned. I was raised on that — you have to have a job, you have to be bringing in income — work is work, it’s not supposed to be fun. It’s that kind of attitude. So that was hard on me, because those are very instilled things in me.”
But Angie broke through those limiting beliefs and made it her mission to find fulfilling work that she truly enjoyed!
After overcoming the mental obstacles, Angie got down to business on self-discovery.
“I knew that I could do more, I knew that my strengths were more in a social aspect and finance wasn’t cutting it. It was boring and not social, so that’s kind of where I started the journey. I knew that I wanted to do something different, I wanted to make a difference in someone’s life. I wanted to feel good at the end of the day, that I was helping someone in a direct way.”
There was one organization that she found that she really wanted to work for. The culture and many other things lined up with her Ideal Career Profile. She did everything right —reached out to the company, talked to the hiring manager, and ended up interviewing for 3 different positions! But she didn’t get a job with that company 😞
On the bright side, all of the work she put into recognizing that organization as a great fit did not go to waste. From then on she could easily identify what she wanted and needed from her next organization and role.
She knew exactly what she was looking for, so she knew what to search on Indeed.com, and when her ideal role popped up, she knew it for what it was: her ideal role (or her unicorn opportunity as we like to say 🦄).
Because Angie knew she was the perfect candidate for this role, she put all of her reasonings into a heartfelt cover letter. She was able to explain why she was a great fit & what the job would mean to her. She believes this was the reason she got an interview so quickly
“I basically explained that I am looking for a career to help people and I felt that this really aligned with who I am. And that I really taught from the heart on my cover letter I just I totally put all my emotion into this letter. And I do think that’s what got me the interview because I I made it very clear that I thought that this would be such a rewarding opportunity.”
Angie was kind enough to share that magical cover letter (attached here!)
Her strategic approach involved leveraging her self-discoveries and aligning personal qualities and strengths seamlessly with the job description. She presented a compelling case that undeniably positioned her as the ideal candidate!
Angie is now an Employment Services Coordinator, where she helps disabled people find employment. She works as a liason between her clients and organizations, helping to identify what kind of job they want to be in, and find a fit for them by networking with different businesses.
Before you type one more thing into the search bar of a job board, do the work to figure out what it is that you want! Without that knowledge, it’s too easy to get sucked into the black hole of infinite jobs.
Figure out what’s holding you back, identify your strengths, think about how you could use those strengths to do work you enjoy, complete your Ideal Career Profile — then (and only then!) you will be able to figure out if a role you’re looking at is right for you or not.
We’ll leave you with some wise words from Angie: “Don’t have a negative mindset. I know for myself I did have a negative mindset and I don’t know where all that came from exactly. But it’s okay to want more. And my advice would be, if you’re not happy, do something about it. If you’re not happy in your work, or any area of your life, do something. Just take the steps to try something, even if they don’t work, at least you tried and now you know they don’t work.”
What you’ll learn
- How Angie broke through mental barriers & limiting beliefs that hindered her career satisfaction
- How knowing exactly what you want changes the job search process (making it so much easier!)
- Why self development has to be a priority in order to find your ideal role
I convinced myself for many years, that I was very lucky to have that job, and I would be crazy to leave it. I convinced myself that the team needed me even though I was miserable. And ultimately, it took me getting physically sick to realize I needed to leave! One of the biggest things that I learned out of the signature coaching was on designing my life. And this is another thing that I had really never, it had, I don't know, if it had never occurred to me. I just never believed it was possible until now.
The role is meeting my expectations… totally owning the marketing function. And luckily the founder/president is always forward-looking – he just presented us a huge strategy doc for the next year. So there will be an opportunity for us to grow beyond our initial audience, which is great. I applied (against conventional wisdom!) and went through a lengthy interview process. I did use the resume/cover letter chapter quite a bit to customize what I used to respond to the ad. I also found that using the Interview chapter was super helpful in formulating “SBO” oriented responses, and I even used some of them in the interview. Having those “case study” type responses was really helpful and I believe cemented my candidacy. BTW – they hired me completely over Skype and phone! I never met anyone from my company (in person) until last week at a conference.
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