Your career launch is kind of like launching a rocket ship. It’s a big deal. You’re going somewhere a little unknown—and that’s exciting.
But what should you be thinking about as you do it? How will you know if you’re on the right track?
Don’t worry! I asked my awesome team at Crash—and our friends at Praxis—what top questions they think are worth asking yourself as you launch your career. They came up with quite a few—and each are 100% worth taking a moment to ask yourself. …
Imagine with me for a minute that eight hundred people apply to one entry-level role.
That’s a lot of people, yes, but focus on something with me: the resumes.
Eight hundred of them.
And they all look the same.
Imagine, just for a moment, it’s 2039. Twenty years in the future.
You’re on your super-thin iPhone 27. You ask Siri to Google something.
A jobs board.
Quickly, you read through what’s listed.
AI Communicator (must be experienced in Human-Learning)
Creative VR-to-Life Designer
Amazon Delivery Drone Operator
(Okay, I know, those are random and funny. But you get the idea.)
It’s true: a lot of the careers we’ll face down the road don’t even exist yet. This world’s got a lot of problems. A lot of different people are going to create careers to try to solve them. More problems will emerge. More careers. It’s a cycle. …
I write a lot about things I’ve never experienced. Foster kids, immigration, daily life in New York City, cashiering at Whole Foods, architecture school, math majors.
I’ve heard two popular answers to this: “Don’t do it” and “Just do your research.”
With a lot of people encouraging writers to “write what they know”, I like to remember J.R.R. Tolkien never brought down a dragon firsthand or trekked across Middle Earth to destroy a ring.
You’re not limited to your experiences when it comes to writing. …
Blogging is hard.
It’d be easier to post three times daily on Instagram about what we’re doing–even if we’re doing nothing–than journal for fifteen minutes (and publish what you journaled) on a website (like a blog).
Blogging is hard.
Blogging daily, weekly–even monthly–is hard.
But if you’re searching for a job, you’ve got to do it.
If you’re searching for a content-creation job, a sales role, a marketing position, something in customer service, technical, management, anything–you’ve got to blog.
A blog shows you can show up. It speaks for you when you say you can create something. It is something.
Blogging makes you a better writer, which makes you write better emails, which makes you communicate better. It proves you’re more than just verbal words–you can document, you can track, you can produce results. …
People read blogs because they want to get something out of it. A laugh, an idea, knowledge, hope. Blogs are places people come to for value.
When I first started blogging, the idea was easy: I can write about anything, and I know a few things, so I’m going to write about them.
But maybe not. Maybe writing something with value means more than just writing about anything.
If you write about coffee, you could spend thirty posts talking about how good coffee is, how you really enjoyed the cup you had this morning, how you once walked into a coffeeshop and bought coffee. …