In one of my recent posts, I introduced the concept of a ‘cold connection’ (brrr). This is someone you do not know, a stranger to you. Some of my readers have asked for tips on how to reach out to these people for the first time. I call this the ‘cold call’. You can, successfully, reach out to these people and ask them for something you want. I believe in you!
However, there are some DOs and DON’Ts of e-mailing cold connections.
My career counselling process began by going back to the basics. My coach and I started by reviewing stories from my life, called my “Life Experiences List”. I was told to come up with 10-20 events throughout the course of my life that gave me great joy when I thought about them. These could be virtually anything from my earliest memories to things that happened within the same year. Some examples I was given were winning a baseball game at age 10, or helping a family member complete a task.
Contrary to the title of this blog, it wasn’t exactly ‘here today, job tomorrow’ for me. But it didn’t take all that long either. I worked with a career counsellor and was employed in 5 months. Since I was working during 3 of those months, I was only crashing at my parents’ for 2. Given stories I’ve heard from my fellow graduates, I don’t think I did too badly.
I’m going to walk you through the process of how I ended up employed by November 2014.