When I first graduated from college, I worked in Internal Audit.
Yes, Internal Audit. I hated it. It was a total mismatch for my personality. Some great learnings in hindsight and amazing bosses, but not for me long-term.
I badly wanted to get into the VC world and work with startups. I dug the energy and teamwork and risk and pace.
So I reached out to college alumni for connections and advice. And a VP at Google Ventures responded. A f-in VP at Google Ventures – amazing.
I asked him for advice on how to make the transition. But I don’t remember any of those answers. Instead, I remember one thing he said when I asked him what career advice do you have:
Start a blog. And see where it takes you.
So tonight, when grabbing dinner with a friend who’s looking to make a jump between companies and maybe industries, I said the same thing.
Blogs show people HOW you think, which you just can’t get from a resume. It’s like a better interview into how you are and what your potential is, so a company knows if you’re a potential fit before wasting their time (and yours).
It also helps you build a personal brand. Who gives a shit if it doesn’t directly lead to a job. People may start reading it and follow you and recommend you to other people (or things to you when you need it).
And who gives a shit if no one reads it. Because as this VP said, it’ll show you what you’re interested in. It’ll change a million times, just like his blog did, but it helps flesh out your interests and thinking.
Want free career advice? Start a blog and see where it takes you. And put it in your email signature.
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