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In the previous post, I pointed you to recruitment and government career planning sites so you could start your career research using the job descriptions there. It’s important to research a job using a range of resources. In this post I want to show you some approaches to doing your industry research using google. It’s important to, not only do research into the day-to-day activities of the job you want, but it’s also important to understand your job from your hiring manager’s view point (that’s the person who you would report to).

Estimated reading time: 2 minutes

A good way to approach your research is to imagine yourself as being a consultant and your hiring manager as being your client. That will make you more empathetic with them, and give you a better chance of understanding how you’d fit into their working day, including their pain points that you might be able to help them to with. More on pain points in a later blog post.

Imagine for a moment what your annual salary will be. You’re asking a hiring manager to spend that much on you over the next year, plus maybe a third of that on all the administration that must be done to hire you, equipment, and training they must do to bring you up to speed. If you had to spend that sort of money, wouldn’t you want to hire the perfect person for the job? Of course you would! And that’s what this email series is about. Helping you align yourself with a hiring manager to make you the perfect person for the job.

So, you should google obvious things like. . .

  • [your job] job description
  • [your job] intern job description, and
  • what’s it like to be a [your job]

But, taking the focus off you a bit, you should also google things like. . .

  • [your job] manager frustrations, and
  • what’s it like to be a [your job] manager.

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