Introducing Role Models: Career Inspiration in Your Inbox

When you think of the words “job search,” how does your body feel? Anxious? Tense? Uncomfortable? I feel you.

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Illustration by Andy J. Miller

Whether you’re switching industries or roles, job searching can be stressful on a number of levels. You need to revamp your résumé and LinkedIn, remember how to write a cover letter, pull together your portfolio, tap your network, complete take-home assignments, and get comfortable talking about yourself ad nauseam. But before you even start looking for jobs, you have to figure out what you’re looking for.

For folks who aren’t in the tech world, job listings can feel like a black box. Tech is about coding, right? But what if you’re an event planner, or you write killer newsletters, or you’re an account manager who loves building relationships and managing all the details?

While you may be clear on your skill set and what you enjoy, how do you look for a job if you don’t know what it’s called?

And for folks who are in the tech world, there can be a lot of inconsistency around what a job title looks like in practice: “Project manager,” “product manager,” and “program manager” get thrown around frequently, but it’s not clear how technical you need to be until you speak to someone at that company.

I want to help demystify job titles in the tech world. Starting tomorrow, I’m launching Role Models, a weekly interview series where tech professionals offer an inside look at what it’s like to do their jobs.

Not a coder? Don’t worry: this series is for you, too. We’ll speak to folks who work in marketing and partnerships, business development, customer service, design, and more. Each interview will clarify the nuts and bolts what it’s like to do that job and will spark inspiration to help facilitate your next move.

 

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