Hi there, I’m Spencer. In this edition I introduce a framework to help you get unstuck simply by framing better questions.
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To get better career answers, you need to ask better questions.
Here are three common unanswerable questions.
1. Question is not specific.
These questions are often “open to anything.”
Q: “I’m looking for a marketing role, do you know of anything?”
ME : “Marketing happens at all companies. Give me more to work with.”
Q: “Well I’m keeping my options open.”
Keeping your options open keeps you from being specific. This, in turn, prevents you from discovering delightfully unexpected opportunities. Asking a specific question is not a commitment.
A better question provides specific details to tell me how to best help you.
2. Question tries to solve for everything at once.
This kind of question packs the entire career change into one big move. This often involves a long plan with a perfectly imagined future.
It’s simply overwhelming.
A better question makes change manageable and invites serendipity.
3. Question is too focused on getting a job.
In most cases, getting a job is getting ahead of yourself. You likely first need direction. And maybe new skills. And then finding companies that excite you. And then making the case for how you create value.
A better question aligns with where you are in your career change.
Bonus round — anything to do with “Will you review my resume?”
No, no I will not. If you are adamant about it, then visit Let’s Eat Grandma. They will hook you up. But, again, you are likely getting ahead of yourself.
Jobs are not won with resumes. Before you say, “but they get you the interview!” — a resume is the least effective and least fun way to land an interview.
So how do you ask better career questions?
Use the How Might I format and win at careering.
How it works:
the ‘might’ suggests there are many possible answers, not right answers
we are not concerned with asking the right question — only a good question
this format helps you avoids solving for everything at once
this format helps you be specific
It looks like this.
or when you find something you’re stoked about…
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