4. Coffee and Conversation: Once you have a list of companies you want to potentially work for, build a list of contacts that work in that role or an adjacent role that interacts with that role a lot. Then reach out to them to see if they’d be willing to take 15-30 minutes to chat with you about the role virtually by phone or video or in person over coffee.
Here’s an example of an email or LinkedIn message you could send below:
Hey (Insert name),
I hope all is well at (insert company name). (Write a personalized note about them using information from news articles or their LinkedIn profile). (Mention a shared social connection).
I wanted to reach out because I’m really passionate about working for (insert company) in the role of (insert role). I even spent (insert time) creating this customized deck (or video) to show you how I can contribute to the company.
With that said, I’d love to learn from you to hear your experience in the role and to see if you could share any guidance over a quick 15 minute call.
Would you be open to it? If yes – want to book a time here to chat? (Insert Calendly Link).
5. The Feel Good Test – This one is simple: when you spend time with your colleagues and you do the work, how do you feel? Are you energized and passionate? Are you excited to learn on the job? Are you feeling fulfilled? Do you feel good? If not, think about times in your life were you felt really good and break down why you felt that way. This may help guide you to your career calling.
I hope this guide helps you find your calling in life. Best of luck.