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Getting Hired

More Insights on Creating Opportunities

How to identify and capitalize on new career opportunities.

Traditional career advice suggests a passive approach to finding your calling: picking a job listing, apply, wait for a response. Get the job, perform your duties, wait for a promotion. Rinse, repeat, stagnate. But a wait-and-see attitude is hardly the path to greatness.

With the access and resources of the twenty-first century at our fingertips, we can and should be active participants in shaping our future. We must seek out opportunity by strategizing with the resourcefulness and adaptability of a start-up entrepreneur, and we must draw opportunity to us by relentlessly developing our raw skills–excelling at our craft in a way that cannot go unnoticed. We’ve selected a handful of our best articles heard to get you out in front of opportunity.

Are You Ambitious Enough?
If you don’t acknowledge your ambition – even to yourself – you risk choking it. You risk not only falling short of the best that you could do, but not even attempting it.

How to Jumpstart Your Creative Career in a Bad Economy
We must resist the temptation to languish on the sofa burning through our Netflix queues, and keep putting ourselves and our work out there; a shortlist of events and resources to help you start making connections.

Facebook’s Ben Barry on How to Hack Your Job
We sat down with him on the eve of Facebook’s move to their new headquarters to ask him what it takes to do great work, having the guts to believe in yourself, and how the importance of personal projects can help you land your dream gig.

Understanding How to Frame Your Creative Expertise
Identify which type (or types) of expertise you could bring to the projects you are currently pursuing as well as those that you want to pursue.

How to Get Hired When You Are Just Starting Out
Our top tips for promoting your “student” status and jumpstarting your creative career.

Why Entrepreneurial Thinking Is For Everyone Now
We can no longer expect to find a job, instead we must make our jobs. As Hoffman says, we have to “find a way to add value in a way no one else can. For entrepreneurs, it’s differentiate or die — that now goes for all of us.”

M.A.P.S.: The Four Pillars of Creative Job Fulfillment
Understand that a career is something that you create, rather than a pre-existing role that you step into. It takes considerable energy to plan your own future, but if you don’t figure out what you want to become, someone else will define it for you.

Interview Prep Cheat Sheet
When you prepare for the interview, think hard about how the experiences you’ve acquired might demonstrate some big picture traits. Here’s what you should show to your interviewer to instill confidence, no matter the role


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Sasha VanHoven

Sasha is the Associate Editor of 99U. You can watch her tweet here.

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