Visualizing Your Career Opportunity Search

And Optimizing Your Strategy


Category: Product & Design

Visualizations help you see the big picture. Searching for your next role is a repetitive process and you can often miss the forest for the trees. The truth is that the process requires you to influence the actions of others and visualizing exactly what those actions are may help you fine tune your approach. Plus, if you are fortunate to have a sidekick of any kind involved in your search, these diagrams can synchronize your thoughts and add value to your discussions.

Opportunity Search Process

This should be pretty representative of anyone’s search. The key takeaways are that you ought to be concerned with tending to and leveraging your network, adapting to feedback, making sure you are and look interesting, impressing employers, and being able to negotiate. To look at the process in a more numbers-oriented way, here is the process in funnel form:

So make sure you’re adding enough (qualified or relevant) people to the top of that funnel and delivering on quality to increase the percentage of those notified people turns eventually into negotiations and offers. The more offers you get, the more choice you have.

That top swim lane in the process diagram above is your role in all of this. It’s the busiest lane. Particularly this part:

Personal Steps in the Career Search

Adapting to Feedback

If personal growth is a high priority for you, then avoiding roles you’re 100% prepared for will inevitably mean you have things to learn and adaptations to make from your findings. The economy is an ever-evolving job market - especially in tech. As a result, you will need to make ongoing refinements to your personal marketing and positioning to maintain your own product market fit. The way people react (or do not react) to the things you say, react to the way you word ideas in your resume, or to the content in your personal website or portfolio are all forms of feedback. In tech, where things evolve faster, industries adapt differently, and companies adapt on different timelines, personal positioning is even more nuanced. Pay attention to all forms of feedback that you receive and be judicious in how to take it into account for your personal strategy.