Getting a job: Interview with Philippa French

Last week I sat down with my new, cool, colleague – Philippa French (ironically she’s English), to ask her about:

  • how her undergraduate degree/Master’s prepared her for the job search
  • how she got the job she has now
  • what she thinks about networking
  • and what advice she has for new grads

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The ‘Cold Call’: How to reach out to someone you don’t know

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.

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Networking vs. applying online – which is better?

I recently surveyed 100 people in my network and extended network. I asked them one simple question: How did you get your last job?

These were the choices I gave:

  • from an online posting
  • from someone I know/introduction from someone I know
  • promoted from internship or co-op job
  • headhunter/recruiting agency
  • other

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How to (start to) identify your skills

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.

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How I got my first job

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.

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