Seth wrote a post recently on the importance of where you work and its effect on your career. In the post, he said:
"And yet, there are plenty of books about getting a job, but no books I know of about choosing a job.""
That's exactly why I wrote Forget the Parachute, Let Me Fly the Plane last year. One of the most frustrating experiences I've gone through while coaching people on their careers is to have them accept jobs without doing the background research on the company.
So, I wrote a book about how to get a job that actually works for you.
You know, I was going to write an entire post on this... but I said it best on pg. 74 of Forget the Parachute:
“But, what about Monster? What about Craigslist?”. That damn inner skeptic again. “Shouldn’t I just type in the name of my job on the internet and apply to anybody who has it?”
No. We’re going to align you with companies first. Then, you’re going to go get the job from them. Because you’re already like them and they’re like you: if we align right, it’ll be like you already have the job. They just don’t know it yet.
“But...”, I can hear your inner skeptic saying. “That’s not how I learned it.“
Of course it’s not. Because what you learned is what everyone else does. And it’s why I had the opportunity to quote the statistic earlier that 3 in every 4 people around you is looking for a new job right now.
If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always got.
Then, you do a few exercises that help you to research and find companies that fit with who you are and what you're truly looking for.
Seth has it right in his new post: where you work matters. A lot. So spend the time figuring out whether the companies you're looking at align with who you are and where you want to go.