Getting To Know Yourself

To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom.

Socrates

Before embarking on the job hunt, it helps to be prepared with a few things. There are the prescriptive aspects such as asking people if they are willing to give you a recommendation, and we’ll get to those, but before we do I need to ask you one thing: why.

I want to choose your next step in your career with careful deliberation. Once you have graduated college with a computer science degree or a software development bootcamp with a certificate, it can feel like the next step is to get a job. That’s the natural order of things.

I know I have been there, wanting to find any job because the wolf is at the door. The rent, car, and credit card payments don’t stop. Looking back, there has been a hidden cost to my desperation. Early in my career, I didn’t take the time to figure out who I was and why I was here, and I paid the expensive price of not spending my time as wisely as I could. And time is the only thing we haven’t figured out how to make more of, it’s our most precious resource, so I want you to learn from my mistakes.

Does this all sound aloof and a bit philosophical for a “getting hired as soon as possible” guide? It is not. I have seen how skipping the step of knowing who you are, why you are here, and what you want out life leads directly to spamming hundreds of companies with resumes and falling short of ever getting an interview, and then dropping out of the job hunt altogether to go back to whatever it was the job seeker was doing before. Searching for a job can be brutal and I want you to go in with full health and armor.