Have you ever wondered how some people always find the good jobs? They seem to attract the most interesting, challenging and lucrative career paths. They even appear to have an unfair advantage and find out about these good jobs before anyone else.
Olivia Gamber is and has been one of those people and now she teaches others, among other things, how to find and secure the good jobs before they are posted. Olivia has a Masters degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology and loves to explore organizational behavior and the application of psychology to business. She is passionate about developing talent to align with the future needs of organizations and thrives in environments that value continuous improvement and innovation.
Olivia is the founder of Occupational Olivia and recently became the VP of Operations for All Things Career, one of the largest media and training companies in the career space. In other words, Olivia is a true professional.
Our conversation ranges from finding those good jobs before everyone else, to networking, to having an entrepreneurial mindset even if you are working for someone else.
In this episode:
- How to secure a position that, on paper, you may not be qualified for
- Growing your network by seeking information and education
- Building relationships by keeping people in the loop about your progress
- Not overcomplicating the process of networking
- Finding and landing the best jobs in the market before they are created
- The importance of continuing to add to your skills to make yourself more marketable
- Reaching out to people a few levels above you on a consistent basis
- Having an entrepreneurial mindset inside a company, even if you don’t own it
- Getting clear about what you want out of your career
- Having conversations with experts in your career to get clarity on your goals while building relationships
- How to reach out to professionals at higher pay grades, even if you are intimidated by it
- A true return on investment approach to deciding on the MBA or not
- Olivia’s advice to women about not disqualifying yourself for a job prematurely based on the job description
- Keeping in mind that hiring decisions are driven more by emotions than getting everything on the initial checklist
Music by Elijah from NOMADS