What are some successful job searching strategies and development resources you've used / seen?

👋🏻 Hi there!

Like many folks, I've reached a pivot point where I'm ready to close this chapter of my career and crack into the next. Eager to learn from this amazing community of women, and I'm curious to hear from you about any strategies, frameworks, and/or tools that you've seen be successful in approaching the (daunting) job search?

Questions on my mind today are...

  1. How have you found success in being surfaced to the top of the applicant pile? What do you think set you apart? Or from the hiring manager's perspective, what sets applicants apart?
  2. What resources or tools would you recommend a role seeker prioritize?
  3. In this environment, how do you recommend reframing the experience without taking rejections personally?

If you have answers to the questions above, or any tips, tools, or strategies related to taking the next step at a new organization -- I'm all ears and your thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

P.S An juuuust in case you or someone you know is looking for someone like me --- After 12 awesome years in the agency atmosphere, and 6 years in social-impact consulting, I'm setting out to find a new leadership role where I can grow and contribute my skills in business operations and management, project planning, campaign management, high-level stakeholder management, etc. It's been 6 years since I've looked for a role, and it's a completely different world, so I'd be grateful for any advice, guidance, or ideas you have!

Hi @lindsaynoyes, if you're having any challenges with job searching, here are a few job search best practices I'd consider:- Determine what support system you have in place to help you be effective throughout your job search -- Most people feel they have to go it alone and end up guessing where to spend their time versus leveraging a coach, mentor, peer or other tools and resources to be strategic- Most importantly is understanding how/where to spend your time wisely -- its not all about the online apps but networking is a critical component, as well as balancing some time for other key activities in job search (virtual events, thought leadership, research, reflection, etc)- Determine your accountability plan to make sure you're staying on top of your goals & staying organized- Reflect on how things are going on a weekly basis to iterate & improve your approach and thus your outcomes-Be sure not to approach the job in a transactional, check-the-box sort of way -- see networking and interviews as a mirror into the job you would land and an opportunity for two-way assessment of fit- Consider how many roles/industries you're applying to-- this may be a sign that you'd want to take a step back and pursue career exploration to clarify your ideal fit direction; career clarity will help make your search more efficient, targeted, and effective- Don't ignore your self care to ensure your mindset is staying resilient during your searchBTW, I'm Rachel, a Career Coach (, and I offer a ton of free videos and blogs on my website here -, and also a free initial career coaching call here--
After searching for nine months and countless directions, I got a career coach! I needed help navigating networking, being held accountable, and reframing the constant rejection. It's been so great to have someone in my corner and I've made a lot of progress. Honestly, I wish I would have done it sooner.
Hi @lindsaynoyes ! I second the career coach advice. I have been on the hunt for close to a year now and just enlisted a coach a couple of months ago. She has been immensely helpful in helping me navigate the highs and lows of the job search.On a related but separate note-- I am looking to pivot into the social impact space and would love to connect!