3 tips for finding a new job in 2021, according to a C-suite career coach

"Embrace noes and see what you can take."

Angelina Darrisaw.
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Many Americans are rethinking their careers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. More than a quarter (27%) say they are now more likely to try to find a new job and 25% say they are more likely to transition to an entirely new field, according to a recent survey of 2,006 adults by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors.

Job seekers in the survey want a higher income (45%), a better work-life balance (31%), career growth opportunities (23%), and the chance to make a meaningful impact through their work (20%).

Angelina Darrisaw is the founder and CEO of C-Suite Coach and has coached business owners, start-up founders, influencers, and individuals alike about career growth and transitions. If you're among those looking for a new role this year, here are three of her best tips to find the right opportunity.              

'Don't be scared of noes'

If you're applying for jobs either in or outside of your field, remember that "there's a lot that can be taken from rejection," says Darrisaw.

Say you've gone through the interview process for a job but did not ultimately get an offer. Or you've applied to dozens of jobs and haven't heard back. While these experiences can hurt, they're actually an opportunity to learn, she says.

Consider what your takeaways could be from what went awry. "Perhaps it is that I wasn't prepared enough," says Darrisaw. "Or there was something about this that wasn't a good cultural fit for me." Take a step back from the experience and think critically about how you approached it. For example, if there were interview questions you weren't ready for, you might prepare for a wider scope of questioning next time.

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Depending on how comfortable you got with the people who interviewed you, sometimes you may even be able to reach out directly after the interview and "gather some of those insights from folks on the team as to why the fit wasn't the right match."

In short, though, "don't be scared of noes," says Darrisaw. "Embrace noes and see what you can take."

Be a 'student of the business'

Whether you're vying for work within your industry or outside of it, "we should always be students of the business," she says. "We have to really know everything about our industry if we want to be ahead of the curve."

Find ways to ensure you're always in the loop and even thinking ahead about where your industry can go. Sign up for industry-specific blogs or newsletters to keep you in the loop about big moves in your field, and follow tastemakers and leaders on Twitter or Instagram that may dish out relevant insights.

Attending events ― these days, virtually ― can also help connect you with informed people.

We have to really know everything about our industry if we want to be ahead of the curve.
Angelina Darrisaw
CEO, C-Suite Coach

Be authentic to find 'a good cultural fit'

"The worst piece of career advice that I've ever received has been to remove things on my resume," such as having been part of Black and LGBTQ+ student organizations in grad school and undergrad, says Darrisaw. Eventually she realized, "if I remove that, then I wouldn't be attracting the opportunities that would be a good cultural fit," she says.

As you seek new job opportunities and step into new roles, be authentic, she says. Come to interviews in a way that represents who you are and be honest about what you're passionate about. That way you'll "attract the team where that is a good cultural fit."

Darrisaw noticed when she highlighted those elements of her past on her resume, she ended up getting hired to join teams that "were excited about the work that I had done," she says. "And I felt really happy to be in my roles because I was with teams that valued who I was."

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