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Taking Control of the Job Hunt with Adrian Larssen

Looking for a job can be a full time job itself.  Today we interview Adrian Larssen to learn how to take control of the job hunt process.

Searching for a job sucks but there are ways to make it easier and to feel like you have some control of the process.  Adrian works for The Muse which can help you in your quest.

The Muse has job postings from some 250 companies.  They offer insight about what it’s like to work for a company as well as career advice and even on-line classes.  Knowing what the culture of a company is like is a big deciding factor when job searching but it’s not always easy to learn about before you start.  Muse can give you that information before you decide to take the job.

Know what you bring to the table as an applicant.  What are you good at?  Highlight those things on your resume and during interviews.  Once you have some intel on the company culture, tailor your skills to their needs.

Get a LinkedIn profile and add everyone you know in a professional context.  Use your alumni directory and see if anyone on it is currently working for the company you want to work for.  They may be able to give you an in.

If you’re between jobs, see if you can do some volunteer work in the industry your interested in.  It’s a good way to meet people who may be able to help you with a paying job.

Don’t be afraid to take reasonable risks in your hunt.  Train yourself to take small risks often so when a big risk with potentially big payoff comes, you’ll be more ready to make the leap.

Go on interviews for jobs you don’t even want.  It’s good practice and helps you get over your nerves when you interview for a job you really do want.

Just make your resume not terrible.

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Looking for a job isn’t easy, The Muse can provide you with a lot of information to make it easier.

Show Notes

The Muse:  Let them help with your job hunt.

31 Most Common Interview Questions:  And how to answer them!

Betterment:  The smart way to invest.


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2 responses to “Taking Control of the Job Hunt with Adrian Larssen”

  1. Jeff S. says:

    Thanks for your podcast guys! I am really into personal finance and got into it starting with Dave Ramsey, though it seems that you guys aren’t fans. The over religious stuff bugs me a bit but he’s sarcastic and snarky enough for me to still enjoy him. You guys though… so much better! Not the same thing over and over again. Also, you swear and drink beer and are my age. Also, with the episode I loved you calling her out on “that’s a great question”, I too had hear the podcast on freakonomics about that saying and was thinking it this whole episode and every other time someone says it. Keep up the good work and if you can ever get a hold of Elysian “Spacedust” IPA, I highly recommend it. It’s pretty much my favorite beer ever.

    • Hah, yea I couldn’t help but not call out the “that’s a great question” line – even with Adrian who was beyond awesome to chat with. One of my favorite interviews for sure – she’s a ton of fun!

      Glad you’re enjoying the podcast because we love making it. Don’t hesitate to copy and paste that comment into iTunes while clicking 5 Stars ;)

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