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Exploration-Personalization-Connection. My Method for Finding a Great Job.

A proven method from an experienced job-search mentor. With the Covid-19 outbreak sending so many talented people home, now is the perfect time to share it.

I assure you, you will not feel this way after reading this post.


Be Proactive, Not Reactive.

  1. Now that the Yellow Pages are out of style 👉🏿 how can I discover companies/organizations to apply to? Exploration.
  2. Since there are so many possibilities out there 👉🏿 how can I filter out the noise and focus on companies most relevant for me? Personalization.
  3. A personal reference is the best way to apply for a job 👉🏿 what can I do if I don’t know anyone who can pass along my CV? Connection.
Don’t feel discouraged by the volume of work suggested in this post — pick and choose as you please.


  1. My favorite source is conferences and Meetups. You don’t need to physically attend those, especially as these days there aren’t any to attend. This is a pure online source. Google events by the category of your profession, or by a specific domain you are interested in, and browse the speakers and sponsors lists.
    I am particularly fond of this source for three reasons: (i) it is focused on an area of interest; (ii) companies that encourage their employees to do public speaking are likely to have a culture that promotes self-development; (iii) these events are usually recorded, so you can see the people you are going to work with and learn what they are working on.
  2. A straightforward source of great companies to work for is PR lists such as “50 most promising startups…” or “Best places to work for in 2020…”.
  3. An abundant source that maps the options in a specific domain is logo posters, usually published by venture capitals. Search in Google photos for a combination of geography, product domain, or tech domain, and discover countless startups (Check out this search for example).


Your preferences are unique. Don’t just follow the crowd — do what is right for you.

Be Proactive, Not Reactive.

Look for ways in, not excuses to keep out.


This note is intentionally displayed in a non-copy-pastable format. I encourage you to find your own words.
When you join a company because you trust everything they say on their website.
Snapshot from Pixar’s delightful short film, Purl


Yeah I know, it’s black&white and blurry, and old… But trust me, it’s a brilliant short talk on why we should always aim higher than our actual goals.



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