We’ve spent hundreds of hours supporting Elphas in their job searches. Here’s what we’ve learned!

👋 Elphas! I'm Robin and I lead all things related to connecting Elphas with jobs at our partner companies - and generally supporting your job search however I can. I've worked in tech recruiting at startups and big companies alike and I love connecting you with companies that are doing amazing things in the world.The beginning of a new year can be a great time to kick off a job search: lots of companies are thinking about their hiring plans for the year and announcing new opportunities. If you are looking to make a change, this post is for you!Over the last year, we’ve spent hundreds of hours supporting Elphas in their job hunt journeys. Here's our 3 biggest takeaways for a successful job search: 1. Determine what you care about most in a new company and focus your attention there.- Figure out your top 3 non-negotiables. Is it something specific about the role? An industry you want to work in? A specific problem you want to solve? A certain benefit program you want? Do you need a supportive manager who can teach you the ropes of a new industry? Do you need specific working hours? Determine your top 3 must haves and then design your search around them.- Don’t get bogged down by things that aren’t in your top 3 must haves. Nothing about a company or job description is set in stone. Companies are often flexible about things like work arrangements and benefits, and often those pieces evolve over time (especially if you join the company and advocate for the things you want!)2. Prioritize your mental health.- Job hunts can be long and winding and it can take a toll on you. Developing a positive mindset can really help. In the down moments, take time to recognize all of the work you are putting in and build confidence in the belief that the right role is coming. If you need some inspiration read this!- A job search can be a full-time job in itself. Be patient with yourself and make time to reward yourself for your hard work along the way.-Reach out to your network when you need a pep talk, an introduction, or help preparing for an interview. People love to help and you may be surprised what comes from reaching out! And don’t forget Elpha is here for you in those tough moments.3. Develop a positive attitude and be your own cheerleader.- Nobody can do this for you. You are the expert on YOU and your skills and the value you bring. Advocate for yourself and put time into researching companies and how you are uniquely able to provide value to them. - Attitude is important. Lead with positive energy, gratitude and curiosity. Employers will notice.- Remember that everyone you interact with through the process is also a living, breathing human being with all kinds of layers and challenges going on. Give grace wherever possible. Be kind. Focus on what matters: figuring out if this company is going to be your next home, showcasing your best skills, and making genuine connections (that will last beyond the interview!) throughout the process.- Treat interviewing and researching new jobs as a learning process. Once you look at it like that, it can be FUN. Each interview is an opportunity to learn about a new industry or a different approach to company culture. It’s also an opportunity to learn about yourself and what gets you excited.And don’t forget Elpha is here to help you! Here’s some ideas for how we can support you:- Tell us about your background, interests and dream job, and our hiring team will get in touch when we find companies that are a match for you.- Read this awesome post on Suzanne’s job hunt process to get inspired.- Post questions, asks, and requests for feedback on Elpha.- Check out all of our amazing partner companies and their open roles. Be sure to mention Elpha in your application - they’re keeping an eye out for your applications.I'd love your thoughts, comments and additions to this advice 🤗Here’s to landing your dream job in 2021!
jessicali's profile thumbnail
Woohoo! Awesome insights :)
Naomi's profile thumbnail
LOVE this Robin! This is my first job search in the tech industry and it's super fun - like you said, you really get the chance to explore and learn about what's out there/what's up and coming!
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Hi Robin, It's fantastic that Elpha has taken such an active and needed role in the careers of their members. This is a very important step in ensuring that women are getting the roles in tech that they deserve. I'd like to talk to you about the nonprofit work I am doing-- my company is helping women and other underserved groups get career jobs in tech. My community is coming from community colleges, state universities, programs include computer science, etc. I'd love there to be an on-ramp for them into joining Elpha....If you are interested in discussing: [email protected]Otherwise, keep up the great work!J
Sambhavi's profile thumbnail
Such a brilliant post @robinquattle. I loved this one in particular "Develop a positive attitude and be your own cheerleader." :) we do need to be!Truly appreciate your and elpha's efforts in helping the community, especially when it comes to finding jobs.
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@robinquattle I had a thought: Have you also considered co-founder matching? Since you're tech-heavy, one thing I see here in Houston is many brilliant women with great business concepts who are non-tech founders looking for tech-co-founders. Not being in the Valley, they don't have access to the great coders, architects and engineers or executives they need to build what could be great businesses, (since women are such expert problem solvers). Even YC is not really doing this - they said they were but then there was never any follow-up info. Give it some thought and thanks!
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Love this idea! I have heard of a company doing this exact thing and the name of it is escaping it right now - I'll look into it and send you the name when I find it :)
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Great - def'ly following.