Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Ryan’s Guide to Job Search Strategy: A More Effective Mental Model

A More Effective Mental Model

Here it is, my mental model of an effective job search strategy.

Assets --> Market --> Aspirations --> Mission --> Companies --> Contacts --> Applications

The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s loop driven, not the linear mental models to which we’re most accustomed.

The mental model is composed of two loops, the inner and outer. They are mutually interdependent, but due to their different focuses my be optimized independently.

Assets --> Market --> Aspirations --> Mission --> Companies --> Contacts --> Applications
The numbers at the top of each sub-loop, e.g. #1 for Assets, represent a linearization of the inherently non-linear loop-based mental model. I choose this linearization for convenience, but you can start anywhere on a loop-based model.


Inner loop - Assets, Mr. Market, Aspirations

The inner loop is primarily concerned with you. Your assets, your aspirations, and their context with respect to Mr. Market. This is the mechanism by which you choose where to play.

Outer loop - Companies, People, Applications

The outer loop is primarily concerned with others. Who they are, what they want, and the hoops they force candidates jump through, particularly for larger firms. This is the mechanism by which you actively position yourself to win an interview, and eventually a job offer.


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