Top 10 Places to find your Ideal Workplace:

Finding the right place to work that is a perfect fit for your skills, passions, and culture is a difficult task.

A Quick Note before you starting looking for companies…you must be able to complete the following sentence:
— I solve X pain for Y type of company by doing Z and here are my results —

Once you are able to clearly articulate the pain you solve and the type of organization that is likely to have that pain, you can begin searching for specific companies.

Here are 10 places that you can identify companies that are likely to have the pain that you can solve:

  1. The Business Journals Most metropolitan cities in the US have a Business Journal dedicated to them. This is a great resource to keep your finger on the pulse of your local business market to identify companies that are growing, relocating, moving and shaking. I highly recommend that you get a subscription for your local market now
  2. The Book of Lists: Each year, the Business Journal publishes a “Book of Lists” in it are page after page of different categories of business in your area. Lists include: Fastest Growing Companies Under/Over $50M, Best Places to Work, Largest Private Companies, and many more.
  3. Your friends and colleagues. You have to do more than send out a blast email, “Hey, I’m out of work do you know anyone that’s hiring.” They may be your BFF, but this is not going to help you. You need to be able to give them an idea of what work you moving to so they can help you…BTW if it’s been a while since you’ve touched base, now is a good time to buy them coffee…just be sensitive to their time, they’re busy.
  4. Business Networking events. Keep in mind that most people at business networking events are Business Development (aka sales) people. They’re super friendly, but unless you’re in sales, they are probably not hiring managers. Use the opportunity to learn about the company: What is their culture? What do they sell? What is the value proposition they present to their customers?
  5. Don’t sit at the computer filling out online job applications. This gives you a false sense that you’ve actually done something. Allow yourself no more than 2 or 3 hours a week to find and apply for online jobs.
  6. Did you find a job posted online? Great, now put on your detective hat and learn more about that company and explore other opportunities with them.
  7. Industry and functional associations. HINT Get involved with the associations now and don’t just wait for when you need to find a job.
  8. Private Equity Firms. PE Firms have tight time schedules and are very demanding. If you have the right background and enjoy the pace, there can be some hidden opportunities for you.
  9. Recruiters. Do your homework on some of the Top Recruiting firms in your area and geography. A clear introduction letter outlining the pain you solve and the type of company you’re looking for can go a long way in helping a recruiter connect you with the right opportunity. NOTE: don’t fall into the trap that a recruiter is going to “find you a job.” Their job is to “find multiple qualified candidates for open positions.”
  10. BlueSteps a discreet database hosted by the Association of Executive Search and Leadership Consultants that is visible only to member recruiters. This is the only suggestion that requires a fee. But if you have demonstrated executive leadership and a verifiable salary of $150K or more it may be worth having your profile in this database.
  11. BONUS: Work with a coach like me 8^)
  12. Inc. 5000 list

What do you think? What places have I missed? Leave me a comment.

Finding Work You Love

Lessons Learned from a Recent Job Search

I just met with my friend, Daniel who recently completed a successful Job Search.

Daniel is in the high tech industry in Austin, Texas and offers some great insights on how he landed a great job.

  • No Job is Safe
  • Complacency and Comfort in a role can lead to becoming irrelevant
  • When a manager or company shows you what their like, BELIEVE THEM!

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Leading from the Second Chair: Serving Your Church, Fulfilling Your Role, and Realizing Your Dreams

LEADING FROM THE SECOND CHAIR will raise awareness of the need for strong leaders in secondary positions. It will describe the value they can bring to their organization and to primary leaders when they are serving at their full potential. It will reshape the way they view their role, with an emphasis on their own responsibility as leaders. It recognizes the unique challenges and frustrations of serving in a subordinate position and equips these leaders with the attitudes and skills that they will need to survive and thrive in this new paradigm.

Because of the scarcity of resources for second chair leaders, particularly those in the church, this book will offer a practical way to improve the performance of any organization. Leading Congregational Change discussed the importance of a “vision community”–a diverse group of key members who discern and implement the vision for a congregation–to guide the transformation of a church. This work will extend the theme of an empowered leadership team as we explore how individual clergy and laity can lead effectively.

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What Google Learned From Its Quest to Build the Perfect Team: New research reveals surprising truths about why some work groups thrive and others falter.

The New York Times Magazine
February 25, 2016

If you want to build a great team. the “who” doesn’t matter. It’s far more important that they have “high ‘average social sensitivity.'” IMHO, I think this means that The “Perfect Team” knows how to Maximize Others. What do you think?

-Jon


Five years ago, Google — one of the most public proselytizers of how studying workers can transform productivity — became focused on building the perfect team. In the last decade, the tech giant has spent untold millions of dollars measuring nearly every aspect of its employees’ lives. Google’s People Operations department has scrutinized everything from how frequently particular people eat together (the most productive employees tend to build larger networks by rotating dining companions) to which traits the best managers share (unsurprisingly, good communication and avoiding micromanaging is critical; more shocking, this was news to many Google managers). (Full Article)

From Dream to Demonstration

Life is a process

Don’t you love Comic Book movies? Spider Man is awesome. Like me, Peter Parker is this geeky, kinda shy, teenager who one day gets bit by a bug and the next day he’s Spiderman with superpower spider senses.

Don’t you wish real life was like the movies?

You know, you’re a normal nobody plodding along and you get bit by the “bug.” A short 5 minutes later of montage transformation and you’re living your dream.

Well, as we know, real life is not like the movies…In real life, there is a process that you MUST go through in order to live your dream (and it takes time!!!)

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Christians In Business

Aligning all the parts of our life

One of the major themes for me in 2015 was “alignment.” I took purposeful steps and actions to align all the different “pieces” of my life (family, church, work, etc.) to be focused in a single direction.

We spend over 50% of our waking time “working,” but is our work “aligned” with what God has called us to do? I made a business decision to be very upfront with my faith in relation to work. “Maximize Others” is as much my “work” and “ministry.”

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Coffee with Jon and Mark West

Essentialism

Liberty GT-R Race Car Mark WestEach week you’re invited to join me for a cup of coffee with an interesting and inspiring person. This week, it is my pleasure to share a second cup of coffee with Awake to Freedom’s President and CEO, Mark West.

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Mark is involved with a lot of different passions: Race Car Driving, Politics, and Business. With success, a lot of “good” opportunities have opened up. But, a day in the Life of Mark West is “pretty Crazy.”

  • Do you feel like you have to many irons in the fire?
  • What is the ONE thing that God uniquely designed you to do?
  • Just because we “can” do all things through Christ, does not mean we “should” do all things.

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Passions vs. Values

how to align your passions with God's original blueprint for your life

Do you feel like your vision has a sense of contribution on a grand scale to the world? Do you sometimes feel like there is a battle between what you want to do, and what God wants you to do?

When I began making the transition from Corporate IT to Professional Coaching, Training, and Mentoring, this video by Lance Wallnau was one of the first training’s that I watched at it made a huge impact on me.

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