Don’t be boring.
In a world were resumes are lost to a blackhole, you will need a better way to stand out and connect with the people you want to work with.
I follow a simple mantra; making things matters most.
Makers are inherently not boring.
You are living in a time of unprecedented access to powerful tools for learning, making, and sharing. Stand out by showing you are a self-directed maker who can adapt and solve problems.
When you make something, then share it with the world, the world tends to give you something in return. This invites serendipity into your journey and flips an outbound job hunt into inbound leads.
You don’t have to write code to make stuff. Making is digital, tactile, or experiential.
You might create an event. You might create a job shadow opportunity and document what you learned. You might create work for a potential employer by doing the job you wish you had.
A mission will guide your making.
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Your mission will help you follow your curiosity and observe needs to inspire your making.
When I moved to Austin, I wanted to learn about the startup scene here. I knew I wasn’t alone, so I created a guide on what I found useful.
Imagine how I might have expanded on this simple guide with follow up interviews or industry specific resources. I might create an orientation event for Austin transplants where I could meet more people.
Making gives you momentum. The more your make, the more you make and you more easily identify where to apply your making to rise above being boring.
The best part about making is you don’t need permission to start.