Recapping this week’s DJH
Mindsets for Success
You’re a fallible human you makes errors and mistakes. Have the courage to ship and send projects, pitches, and other creative pursuits, even before they’re fully polished.
“Good enough is almost always good enough.” Ship it.
No matter what’s happening in your life and career, it benefits you to choose gratitude. Even the smallest, everyday occurrences like sunshine, your sense of smell, or a few bucks in the bank account is worth consciously noting and feeling grateful for. From there, you can harness positive energy to build your future.
Links Worth Checking Out
- Quieting the Lizard Brain
- The Dopamine Hit You Didn’t Know You Wanted
- Is job hunting a mess? (Morning Brew post)
- CH TikTok
How to handle fear (on the job hunt)
Speaking of the lizard brain…I’ll lead a workshop to share the tools and mindsets needed to empower yourself and quiet your lizard brain, How to handle fear (on the job hunt), Thursday, Dec. 1 at 4pm CST.
This will also be a chance to be coached, ask questions, and connect with others.
Quote of the Week
“The very best thing you can do for the whole world is to make the most of yourself.”
― Wallace D. Wattles
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Pitch Small Companies With No Job Postings
One of my favorite posts on Career Hackers is How to Discover Companies on Crunchbase.
The posts guides you to do an advanced search to find companies that are exciting to you, and who are maybe looking to hire.
But that doesn’t mean that have a job posting listed.
Which is a good thing!
When you focus on fast-growing (especially small) companies that are interesting to you, you can pitch your way to a role.
It sounds weird because you might have an impulse that “it’s a waste of time” if they aren’t advertising a given position.
But you can let go of that impulse.
Small companies are often so focused on getting the business going that they would LOVE if a random person cold-pitched them!
Think about it, they didn’t have to make any effort to recruit or advertise their needs!
Even if it’s not perfect, they’ll basically have no choice but to talk to you. Or maybe they’ll intro you to another company because they’re so impressed by your initiative. (The bar is low for this stuff, at least for now).
On Crunchbase you can organize by companies that recently raised funding, meaning they are likely open to hiring someone.
Then go create your own role! You have a better chance than you think.
The Career Hackers Revolution
- Career hacking is about the relentless pursuit of discovering and doing what makes you come alive. Here are the core principles in the Career Hackers Manifesto.
- Sick and tired of your negative self-talk? Sign up for a free trial of 1-1 coaching.
- See two of our top posts: How to Make a Video Pitch and 100 Ways to Work Out Loud, so you can skip the resume and degree and be your own credential.
- Want audio? Head to the Daily Job Hunt Podcast.
- Can’t get enough? Get the DJH Sunday Special for extra mindset juice.