This week, I was part of the 14% layoffs at Thumbtack, my first job in #tech. Transitions can be traumatic at times (as my almost-3-year old likes to remind me): We expect one thing, then we’re confronted with the opposite. Now that I’m on LinkedIn everyday, I see alot of people in a similar position.
Layoffs feel like a judgement about the value of our careers, but they shouldn’t be. There’s a common axiom in business that we should “start with why”. But sometimes, “why” is the wrong question. Instead, we should ask “how”. How am I going to make this work for me, not against me?
My #1 priority is to land an #executivecommunications position at a family-friendly company. Over the course of my career, I’ve written for business leaders, association leaders, a member of Congress, and now a tech founder. I’ve also run the national flexible workplace initiative at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and been a keynote speaker myself about workplace culture and teamwork. I take pride in the work I do, but I also care about the environment in which it gets done. I want to join a #greatplacetowork.
This moment reminds me of the best piece of career advice I’ve ever gotten, which is from Bob Korzeniewski. He coaches job seekers on their career marketing plans and says that our networks have three types of connections: 1. People who can hire us 2. People who can refer us 3. People who are super connectors
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