I am Archit Mehta, a journalist at India-based fact-checking website Alt News.
In past have experienced job-hunting aimlessly for months. It is a terrible feeling. This toolkit, based on personal experience and stuff on Internet, is my attempt to help anyone who is job hunting and doesn't know where to begin.
Before you begin, keep in mind that sometimes finding a new job is like a marathon. Instead of running, you are endlessly sending emails. All you have to do is cross the line, find that one job.
Some feedback that I recieved on this toolkit
🤌 WHERE TO FIND MY NEXT JOB?
- If you find yourself asking this question, I recommend you read 'How to Pick a Career (That Actually Fits You)' [LR: ~90 minutes] by NY-based writer/illustrator Tim Urban. ****Listing three points from above mentioned article along with the very cool art work in order to encourage to read the whole thing —
- We are in the same river. But our destination is different.
- Know yourself by spending time with the yearning octopus.
- Knowing thyself is an on going process.
- So is reaching your destination
Read news about the topics where you want to build your career. So that —
1. You identify new companies for cold calls and their funding status
2. You are aware about the job sector — look at this as a prep to your job interviews
Go beyond portals like LinkedIn.
- Each field has dedicated niche job portals for instance. Typically folks with experience know these —
a) DevNetJobsIndia, NGOBox is for Development Sector
b) AngelList for start-up ecosystem
c) Hackpack Press for media professionals
- Similarly, ask folks who are younger to you to know about new platforms like Shortlist
- Keep a track of job postings on Facebook (Groups) and Twitter
- Social media is a great place to share your ideas and gain interesting perspectives. I highly recommend reading 'Crushing It!' by Gary Vaynerchuk.
[PS: Take what Gary says with a pinch of salt]
- Twitter and LinkedIn enables connecting with professionals across various fields.
- Instagram is most suitable for artists — painting, music, fashion, film-makers, comedians etc — to present their work
- YouTube and Twitch is the go to platform who want to stream their video-game sessions
- Anchor and Clubhouse is great for podcast enthusiasts.