How To Write An Email Asking For Something (& actually get it)

How To Write An Email Asking For Something (& actually get it)

How do you ask an elite level performer/VIP for help with something in a way that will actually get a positive response?

Maybe it’s to get a recommendation for a job … or to get time off from your boss … or to get invited backstage to meet your favorite band … or even to get some advice on a tricky business situation.

The answer is surprisingly easy:

Shift your focus from a “me” perspective to a “you” perspective.

For example, years ago, I was hanging out with Charlie Hoehn, who’s worked with me and a lot of thought leaders like Tim Ferriss.

He told me how working behind the scenes has taught him about how to work with these kinds of people.

Here’s the secret:

“Everyone wants something from you guys,” he said. “Now I know how to stand out. Just don’t ask for anything! Actually, add some value first.”

This “you first” approach is how I’ve been able to get the advice of best-selling authors, superstar CEOs, and all kinds of fascinating people.

Let’s take a look a look at that in action.

Table of Contents:

NOTE: I have 5 amazing scripts you can use to set up an informational interview, cold email a stranger for advice, and more. Make sure you get your free download of my 5 best word-for-word email scripts.

How to write a polite email asking for something

Here’s a request email I received from a reader a while back. I called him within 60 seconds of reading it. See if you can find out why:

Request Email Ramit Got That Worked

The reader was polite, considerate of my needs, and sold me on the benefits of working with him.

Let’s break down the anatomy of this email, though, so I can show you exactly why it works.

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Step 1: Focus on the recipient

Example of how you can be lavish with your compliments

Remember: Your message to the important person should be focused on THEM. That’s the key to any polite email that hooks the reader in.

The reader above did this with a snappy and eye-catching subject line: I want to work for you for free.

YES. You have my attention.

He goes on lavishing me with compliments while sharing an example of how my advice has helped him.

What do you notice about that? It’s a genuine compliment. He’s not giving me superficial niceties like, “Your blog is cool” or “Awesome videos!”

He says he has multiple ING Direct accounts, a Roth IRA, and an automated finance system set up because of me. THAT’S how you write a polite email.

Use the first one to two sentences to compliment the person you’re emailing and their work. Tell them how long you’ve been following them, what their advice has done for you, and/or your favorite post by them.

This will hook them into reading the rest of your email.

If you’re finding this helpful, don’t miss out on my 5 best word-for-word email scripts. They’re totally free.

Back to Top

Step 2: Sell your benefits

Let’s face it, you’re trying to sell yourself here.

What benefits can you offer them? Why should they care?

Sometimes this comes in the form of a warm contact (more on this later).

If you know of a mutual connection, you should name drop so the person you’re talking to knows how you know them. They’ll be much more willing to work with you if you both know the same person.

For this email, my reader knew that I was looking for talented developers — so he sold me on that.

Entice Your VIP With the Skills You Have To Offer Example

Guess what? That immediately set him apart from 99.999% of the crowd.

You’re going to have to do your homework if you want to leverage this technique. You need to know your VIP’s pain points and how YOU can solve them.

Go deep. Get inside of their heads. See what solutions you can offer to their biggest problems.

Be like Don Corleone.

Don Corleone Saying I'll make him an offer he can't refuse gif

Notice that they’re ramping up their YouTube presence and you’re a video expert? Tell them that and do it for them.

Can you take their social media game to the next level? Sell them on all the followers and traffic you can generate for them.

If you can’t come up with a specific solution, show the person you’re emailing you have XYZ skill that’ll have ABC benefit for them.

If you’re finding this helpful, don’t miss out on my 5 best word-for-word email scripts. They’re totally free.

NOTE: If having a work from home job is part of your Rich Life, I’ll show you how you can convince your boss to let you work from home in my article Working From Home: The Essential Beginner’s Guide.

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Step 3: Make saying “no” impossible

Your last step is to anticipate any objections or concerns they might have.

My reader knew I had a few projects I wanted to get to but hadn’t made time for them yet.

How you can make saying no impossible example

And while I could tell he really wanted paid work, he tells me that he’d “be happy just for the opportunity to network and receive a little advice.”

This made me saying no to him impossible!

He respected the power dynamic. After all, he reached out to me asking for my time.

And he showed this by being proactive, offering up his phone number, and also providing samples of his work from his website.

Also, acknowledge how many emails they get by ending your email with this script:

“I understand you have tremendous demands on your time, and if you don’t have time to respond, no problem. But if you do, even a sentence would mean a lot to me.”

This gives VIPs an easy out if they’re too busy. Counterintuitively, it also boosts your response rate since you’re showing empathy toward their time demands.

Remember, this email from the developer worked so well, I called him within 60 seconds of receiving his message.

Follow these steps, and you can see the same results.

I then encourage you to use the Closing the Loop Technique to follow up with your VIP two weeks after you get your response. You can use the following script:

“Hey, you told me ABC. I dug in. I discovered you were right, and so I took your advice and I just wanted to thank you. I’ll keep you updated a couple of months from now about how the new XYZ is going.”

Bonus: Want more ways to build healthy habits? Check out my new Ultimate Guide to Habits.

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ACTION STEP: Contact your VIP

  1. Brainstorm ONE busy VIP you’d love to contact, then shoot them an email.
  2. In the comments below, share your story and the response you got.

Get what you want

I’ve just given you the three steps to asking for a favor and getting what you want. This strategy works for anything.

And if you want specific scripts for emails that get results too, I have five you can use to:

  1. Set up an informational interview
  2. Ask for recommendations for people to talk to
  3. Cold email a stranger for advice
  4. Pitch for a consulting gig or a job interview
  5. Reach out to others in your company to get to know them

Just enter your information below, and I’ll send you these five word-for-word scripts for free.

How To Write An Email Asking For Something (& actually get it) is a post from: I Will Teach You To Be Rich.

How To Write An Email Asking For Something (& actually get it)

How do you ask an elite level performer/VIP for help with something in a way that will actually get a positive response?

Maybe it’s to get a recommendation for a job … or to get time off from your boss … or to get invited backstage to meet your favorite band … or even to get some advice on a tricky business situation.

The answer is surprisingly easy:

Shift your focus from a “me” perspective to a “you” perspective.

For example, years ago, I was hanging out with Charlie Hoehn, who’s worked with me and a lot of thought leaders like Tim Ferriss.

He told me how working behind the scenes has taught him about how to work with these kinds of people.

Here’s the secret:

“Everyone wants something from you guys,” he said. “Now I know how to stand out. Just don’t ask for anything! Actually, add some value first.”

This “you first” approach is how I’ve been able to get the advice of best-selling authors, superstar CEOs, and all kinds of fascinating people.

Let’s take a look a look at that in action.

Table of Contents:

NOTE: I have 5 amazing scripts you can use to set up an informational interview, cold email a stranger for advice, and more. Make sure you get your free download of my 5 best word-for-word email scripts.

How to write a polite email asking for something

Here’s a request email I received from a reader a while back. I called him within 60 seconds of reading it. See if you can find out why:

Request Email Ramit Got That Worked

The reader was polite, considerate of my needs, and sold me on the benefits of working with him.

Let’s break down the anatomy of this email, though, so I can show you exactly why it works.

Back to Top

Step 1: Focus on the recipient

Example of how you can be lavish with your compliments

Remember: Your message to the important person should be focused on THEM. That’s the key to any polite email that hooks the reader in.

The reader above did this with a snappy and eye-catching subject line: I want to work for you for free.

YES. You have my attention.

He goes on lavishing me with compliments while sharing an example of how my advice has helped him.

What do you notice about that? It’s a genuine compliment. He’s not giving me superficial niceties like, “Your blog is cool” or “Awesome videos!”

He says he has multiple ING Direct accounts, a Roth IRA, and an automated finance system set up because of me. THAT’S how you write a polite email.

Use the first one to two sentences to compliment the person you’re emailing and their work. Tell them how long you’ve been following them, what their advice has done for you, and/or your favorite post by them.

This will hook them into reading the rest of your email.

If you’re finding this helpful, don’t miss out on my 5 best word-for-word email scripts. They’re totally free.

Back to Top

Step 2: Sell your benefits

Let’s face it, you’re trying to sell yourself here.

What benefits can you offer them? Why should they care?

Sometimes this comes in the form of a warm contact (more on this later).

If you know of a mutual connection, you should name drop so the person you’re talking to knows how you know them. They’ll be much more willing to work with you if you both know the same person.

For this email, my reader knew that I was looking for talented developers — so he sold me on that.

Entice Your VIP With the Skills You Have To Offer Example

Guess what? That immediately set him apart from 99.999% of the crowd.

You’re going to have to do your homework if you want to leverage this technique. You need to know your VIP’s pain points and how YOU can solve them.

Go deep. Get inside of their heads. See what solutions you can offer to their biggest problems.

Be like Don Corleone.

Don Corleone Saying I'll make him an offer he can't refuse gif

Notice that they’re ramping up their YouTube presence and you’re a video expert? Tell them that and do it for them.

Can you take their social media game to the next level? Sell them on all the followers and traffic you can generate for them.

If you can’t come up with a specific solution, show the person you’re emailing you have XYZ skill that’ll have ABC benefit for them.

If you’re finding this helpful, don’t miss out on my 5 best word-for-word email scripts. They’re totally free.

NOTE: If having a work from home job is part of your Rich Life, I’ll show you how you can convince your boss to let you work from home in my article Working From Home: The Essential Beginner’s Guide.

Back to Top

Step 3: Make saying “no” impossible

Your last step is to anticipate any objections or concerns they might have.

My reader knew I had a few projects I wanted to get to but hadn’t made time for them yet.

How you can make saying no impossible example

And while I could tell he really wanted paid work, he tells me that he’d “be happy just for the opportunity to network and receive a little advice.”

This made me saying no to him impossible!

He respected the power dynamic. After all, he reached out to me asking for my time.

And he showed this by being proactive, offering up his phone number, and also providing samples of his work from his website.

Also, acknowledge how many emails they get by ending your email with this script:

“I understand you have tremendous demands on your time, and if you don’t have time to respond, no problem. But if you do, even a sentence would mean a lot to me.”

This gives VIPs an easy out if they’re too busy. Counterintuitively, it also boosts your response rate since you’re showing empathy toward their time demands.

Remember, this email from the developer worked so well, I called him within 60 seconds of receiving his message.

Follow these steps, and you can see the same results.

I then encourage you to use the Closing the Loop Technique to follow up with your VIP two weeks after you get your response. You can use the following script:

“Hey, you told me ABC. I dug in. I discovered you were right, and so I took your advice and I just wanted to thank you. I’ll keep you updated a couple of months from now about how the new XYZ is going.”

Bonus: Want more ways to build healthy habits? Check out my new Ultimate Guide to Habits.

Back to Top

ACTION STEP: Contact your VIP

  1. Brainstorm ONE busy VIP you’d love to contact, then shoot them an email.
  2. In the comments below, share your story and the response you got.

Get what you want

I’ve just given you the three steps to asking for a favor and getting what you want. This strategy works for anything.

And if you want specific scripts for emails that get results too, I have five you can use to:

  1. Set up an informational interview
  2. Ask for recommendations for people to talk to
  3. Cold email a stranger for advice
  4. Pitch for a consulting gig or a job interview
  5. Reach out to others in your company to get to know them

Just enter your information below, and I’ll send you these five word-for-word scripts for free.

How To Write An Email Asking For Something (& actually get it) is a post from: I Will Teach You To Be Rich.

How To Write An Email Asking For Something (& actually get it)

How do you ask an elite level performer/VIP for help with something in a way that will actually get a positive response?

Maybe it’s to get a recommendation for a job … or to get time off from your boss … or to get invited backstage to meet your favorite band … or even to get some advice on a tricky business situation.

The answer is surprisingly easy:

Shift your focus from a “me” perspective to a “you” perspective.

For example, years ago, I was hanging out with Charlie Hoehn, who’s worked with me and a lot of thought leaders like Tim Ferriss.

He told me how working behind the scenes has taught him about how to work with these kinds of people.

Here’s the secret:

“Everyone wants something from you guys,” he said. “Now I know how to stand out. Just don’t ask for anything! Actually, add some value first.”

This “you first” approach is how I’ve been able to get the advice of best-selling authors, superstar CEOs, and all kinds of fascinating people.

Let’s take a look a look at that in action.

Table of Contents:

NOTE: I have 5 amazing scripts you can use to set up an informational interview, cold email a stranger for advice, and more. Make sure you get your free download of my 5 best word-for-word email scripts.

How to write a polite email asking for something

Here’s a request email I received from a reader a while back. I called him within 60 seconds of reading it. See if you can find out why:

Request Email Ramit Got That Worked

The reader was polite, considerate of my needs, and sold me on the benefits of working with him.

Let’s break down the anatomy of this email, though, so I can show you exactly why it works.

Back to Top

Step 1: Focus on the recipient

Example of how you can be lavish with your compliments

Remember: Your message to the important person should be focused on THEM. That’s the key to any polite email that hooks the reader in.

The reader above did this with a snappy and eye-catching subject line: I want to work for you for free.

YES. You have my attention.

He goes on lavishing me with compliments while sharing an example of how my advice has helped him.

What do you notice about that? It’s a genuine compliment. He’s not giving me superficial niceties like, “Your blog is cool” or “Awesome videos!”

He says he has multiple ING Direct accounts, a Roth IRA, and an automated finance system set up because of me. THAT’S how you write a polite email.

Use the first one to two sentences to compliment the person you’re emailing and their work. Tell them how long you’ve been following them, what their advice has done for you, and/or your favorite post by them.

This will hook them into reading the rest of your email.

If you’re finding this helpful, don’t miss out on my 5 best word-for-word email scripts. They’re totally free.

Back to Top

Step 2: Sell your benefits

Let’s face it, you’re trying to sell yourself here.

What benefits can you offer them? Why should they care?

Sometimes this comes in the form of a warm contact (more on this later).

If you know of a mutual connection, you should name drop so the person you’re talking to knows how you know them. They’ll be much more willing to work with you if you both know the same person.

For this email, my reader knew that I was looking for talented developers — so he sold me on that.

Entice Your VIP With the Skills You Have To Offer Example

Guess what? That immediately set him apart from 99.999% of the crowd.

You’re going to have to do your homework if you want to leverage this technique. You need to know your VIP’s pain points and how YOU can solve them.

Go deep. Get inside of their heads. See what solutions you can offer to their biggest problems.

Be like Don Corleone.

Don Corleone Saying I'll make him an offer he can't refuse gif

Notice that they’re ramping up their YouTube presence and you’re a video expert? Tell them that and do it for them.

Can you take their social media game to the next level? Sell them on all the followers and traffic you can generate for them.

If you can’t come up with a specific solution, show the person you’re emailing you have XYZ skill that’ll have ABC benefit for them.

If you’re finding this helpful, don’t miss out on my 5 best word-for-word email scripts. They’re totally free.

NOTE: If having a work from home job is part of your Rich Life, I’ll show you how you can convince your boss to let you work from home in my article Working From Home: The Essential Beginner’s Guide.

Back to Top

Step 3: Make saying “no” impossible

Your last step is to anticipate any objections or concerns they might have.

My reader knew I had a few projects I wanted to get to but hadn’t made time for them yet.

How you can make saying no impossible example

And while I could tell he really wanted paid work, he tells me that he’d “be happy just for the opportunity to network and receive a little advice.”

This made me saying no to him impossible!

He respected the power dynamic. After all, he reached out to me asking for my time.

And he showed this by being proactive, offering up his phone number, and also providing samples of his work from his website.

Also, acknowledge how many emails they get by ending your email with this script:

“I understand you have tremendous demands on your time, and if you don’t have time to respond, no problem. But if you do, even a sentence would mean a lot to me.”

This gives VIPs an easy out if they’re too busy. Counterintuitively, it also boosts your response rate since you’re showing empathy toward their time demands.

Remember, this email from the developer worked so well, I called him within 60 seconds of receiving his message.

Follow these steps, and you can see the same results.

I then encourage you to use the Closing the Loop Technique to follow up with your VIP two weeks after you get your response. You can use the following script:

“Hey, you told me ABC. I dug in. I discovered you were right, and so I took your advice and I just wanted to thank you. I’ll keep you updated a couple of months from now about how the new XYZ is going.”

Bonus: Want more ways to build healthy habits? Check out my new Ultimate Guide to Habits.

Back to Top

ACTION STEP: Contact your VIP

  1. Brainstorm ONE busy VIP you’d love to contact, then shoot them an email.
  2. In the comments below, share your story and the response you got.

Get what you want

I’ve just given you the three steps to asking for a favor and getting what you want. This strategy works for anything.

And if you want specific scripts for emails that get results too, I have five you can use to:

  1. Set up an informational interview
  2. Ask for recommendations for people to talk to
  3. Cold email a stranger for advice
  4. Pitch for a consulting gig or a job interview
  5. Reach out to others in your company to get to know them

Just enter your information below, and I’ll send you these five word-for-word scripts for free.

How To Write An Email Asking For Something (& actually get it) is a post from: I Will Teach You To Be Rich.

What Is A Financial Plan And Why Do You Need One?

Having a financial plan is a great way to set yourself up for future success with your finances. But what is it and how do you start one? Find out now.Having a financial plan is a great way to set yourself up for future success with your finances. But what is it and how do you start one? Find out now.

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Use the Force — and These 10 Real Life Star Wars Money Lessons

The Force will be with us — always.

And maybe a little longer than you’d like if you’ve been stuck inside these past months binge-watching endless Star Wars marathons.

Over numerous movies and assorted iterations, “Star Wars” has taught us about overcoming obstacles, about dealing with family drama, about friendship, about patience, about beating the odds — and even about money.

Because this is The Penny Hoarder, we’re especially interested in the part about money.

Even though the epic saga of Luke Skywalker & Co. played out a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, the financial wisdom applies to the here and now.

Prepare to make the jump into hyperspace! Here’s what we’ve learned:

1. Always Pay Your Debts — Or Else

Bingo. This is always the first one everyone thinks of.

Han Solo owes money to the giant slug-like crime boss, Jabba the Hutt. When he doesn’t pay up, Jabba sends bounty hunter Boba Fett after him — basically a debt collector with blaster pistols and green Mandalorian armor.

Instead of declaring bankruptcy, Han ends up frozen in carbonite. Then Princess Leia, Luke, Lando and the iconic droids have to infiltrate Jabba’s lair to save him in a sequel.

Just like with Solo, the longer you don’t pay off your debts, the bigger the problem gets. The interest piles up.

Pro Tip

Credit cards companies charge compound interest. If you don’t pay off your bill each month, the company charges interest that is added to the amount you owe. Then that new total is charged interest.

Your first step should be to figure out what you’re dealing with. Map out exactly what kind of debt you have. For example, which companies do you owe money to? Are any of your debts in collections? What are your minimum monthly payments on each credit card or loan? Can you ask for forbearance?

If you just can’t seem to chip away at the debt, stop your poor spending habits or raise your credit score, consider asking for help from a financial counselor.

2. Used Vehicles Offer the Best Value

The Millennium Falcon takes its share of verbal abuse.

“You came in that thing? You’re braver than I thought,” Princess Leia says upon first seeing the starship. In “The Force Awakens,” Rey calls the ship “garbage.”

But the Millennium Falcon gets the job done. (Did we mention that it made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs?) Turns out you don’t always need a shiny new vehicle.

Used cars are often a better deal than new ones. Consumer Reports recommends buying a car that’s two or three years old, and we can help you prepare to buy a car while taking on the least amount of debt.

More good news: You could save on insurance for that hunk of junk amid the pandemic.

3. Negotiate the Best Deal You Can

Early in “A New Hope,” Luke and Uncle Owen bargain with some creepy little jawas over the price of some used droids.

When an R2 unit they’d just bought immediately breaks down, Uncle Owen aggressively questions the quality of what the jawas are selling: “Hey, what are you trying to push on us?”

The result: Luke’s family gets the best droid ever, R2-D2.

Negotiating isn’t just for markets and cars; any variable expense can be negotiated to a lower price — you just have to know the right strategies to use.

4. “Do or Do Not. There is No Try.”

Yoda’s admonition to Luke in “The Empire Strikes Back” is probably the biggest zen moment in any of these movies.

As always, Yoda is right on target. You’re either going to do it, or you’re not. Don’t just try.

If you’re going to make financial changes, commit to them and be consistent. Don’t just try once or twice and then forget about it. Sticking to it is the key to success.

We understand — it can be tough to avoid the temptation to spend “just a little” money to treat yourself, especially if you’re feeling stressed, overworked and exhausted. But those impulse buys can really eat into your savings.

5. Don’t Let the Little Details Blow Up On You

The Empire spared no expense on the Death Star, don’t you think?

But they overlooked that pesky little design flaw that allowed the Rebel Alliance to destroy the whole thing. Whoops!

Don’t neglect the details like that, because they’ll burn you. Don’t skimp on maintenance and repairs for big-ticket items like your home and car. If you blow that stuff off, you’ll just end up paying more in the end.

Check out these tips for budgeting for home improvements to help you avoid sinking into debt for that next repair. You can also maintain your wheels by figuring out how much to budget for car repairs.

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6. Get Rid of Your Old Stuff

The “Star Wars” universe looks different from Star Trek and other sci-fi settings. “Star Wars” has that “lived-in” look — there’s junk everywhere. You know, just like your house.

And in the “Star Wars” movies, people make money selling that junk — just like you should.

In “The Force Awakens,” Rey is a scavenger on the planet Jakku, feeding herself by salvaging parts from ships. On Luke’s home planet of Tatooine, those jawas appear to be scavengers, too.

Pro Tip

If you have items you’d be willing to part with and you don’t want to spend any money for stuff you need, consider these ways to barter. 

In “The Phantom Menace” — hey, here’s our first and only mention of the prequels! — Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi meet young Anakin Skywalker in a junk shop where he fixes things.

Meanwhile, here on our planet, a number of apps make it easier than ever to sell your old stuff online.

To free up space and earn some extra cash, use apps to sell your stuff. Listing the right stuff in the right marketplaces means you’re more likely to sell it for the right price.

7. Beware of Scams. Know What Things Are Worth.

Toward the beginning of “The Force Awakens,” a hungry Rey nearly pawns the droid BB-8 in exchange for 60 portions of inflatable food. She’s sorely tempted, but she senses something is wrong and backs off.

That’s the surest way to spot a scam: If a deal looks too good to be true, it probably is.

Whether you’re selling a droid or shopping for shoes online, you’ve got to watch out for rip-offs. Here’s how to protect yourself from work-from-home scams and identity theft.

8. Embrace the Gig Economy

When Luke and Obi-Wan need transportation to Alderaan, they basically catch an Uber. A space Uber. They pay for the Millennium Falcon to take them there.

Looking for a way to make more money? You could work from home. We post new job opportunities every weekday.

Here on Earth, you might not be able to make as much money transporting humans right now, but you can still make like Han and Chewie in your Honda or Chevy by delivering groceries through Instacart and Uber.

There are other entry-level ways to make money – including seasonal jobs — thanks to the gig economy.

9. Sand People Always Walk in Single File to Hide Their Numbers

You see, from this we can learn that … no, no, wait. That’s not a good example at all. We learn no financial truths from that.

We’ve got nothing for you here.

10. Make Sure You Have a Long-Term Plan

The heroes and villains of the Star Wars” universe are seriously into some long-term planning.

Emperor Palpatine’s master plan takes several movies to unfold. After he reveals himself to be Darth Sidious and strikes, Yoda and Obi-Wan lay low for a couple of decades, waiting for their chance to return the favor.

Of course, when we first meet Obi-Wan and Yoda, they’re chilling in a cave and a swamp, respectively. Apparently the Jedi Council didn’t have much of a 401(k) match.

The sooner you start saving, investing and paying down your debt, the better off you’ll be.

All told, that’s everything that “Star Wars” has taught us about money so far. Take it as you will.

Do, or do not.

There is no try.

Mike Brassfield ([email protected]) is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder. His “Star Wars”-loving co-workers helped out with this post.

This was originally published on The Penny Hoarder, which helps millions of readers worldwide earn and save money by sharing unique job opportunities, personal stories, freebies and more. The Inc. 5000 ranked The Penny Hoarder as the fastest-growing private media company in the U.S. in 2017.

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The 6 Best Credit Unions – These May Make You Want to Abandon Your Bank

Credit unions provide most of the same services as banks. But they do it without all the fees, often paying higher interest on your deposit accounts. And with a credit union you’re not a customer – you’re a member.Credit unions provide most of the same services as banks. But they do it without all the fees, often paying higher interest on your deposit accounts. And with a credit union you’re not a customer – you’re a member.

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How To Find A Job You Love

Key Takeaways

  • Figuring out your career path can take years, but patience is part of the process.
  • Narrow down your job search step by step, starting with an honest self-assessment and industry research.
  • Invest in yourself by building your skills, networking, and learning how to sell your personal brand.

Most people spend around a third of their lives working, which is why it’s a worthy endeavor to find an engaging, energizing job. 

Maybe you’re just getting started on your career journey, or perhaps you’re a seasoned professional looking to change industries. Whatever the case, finding a job you love can enrich your life.

But your dream role isn’t going to just land in your lapyou’ll need to spend time conducting research and putting in effort to earn it. 

The path to your ideal position involves some serious introspection. 

What makes you happy? 

What are your strengths and weaknesses? 

What are you willing to sacrifice to get a job you actually want?

Being proactive is critical to landing a position you’re excited about. Below, we’ve outlined some practical steps for how to find a career you love.

Step 1: Take time to reflect with total honesty

Before you even think about combing through a job search board, you’ll need to look inward. 

Why? Because work satisfaction usually boils down to whether or not you feel fulfilled by your job on a daily basis. So, what fulfills and motivates you?

Tons of career websites will suggest you go back to your childhood aspirations to find what makes you tick. But this isn’t the most practical advice. Your idea of a great job as a child is probably a lot different as an adult since your priorities have likely changed. Adulthood has fewer monkey bars and more bills, unfortunately.

Instead of going back to childhood or dreaming up what you’d do if you won the lottery, come back down to Earth and ask yourself a set of questions to get to the heart of what you want from a career.

  • What are your existing skills? Are they transferable to another career?
  • Whose career do you admire?
  • What interests you?
  • What are your non-negotiable desires for your next job? Flexible schedule? Fully remote? Benefits?
  • What are your lifestyle priorities? 
  • What is your desired salary range?
  • Are you comfortable starting over in a new career?

Take a personality test

Take a personality test like the Myers Briggs Type Indicator or the Strengths Finder test. While these kinds of personality and aptitude assessments can’t lead you to your next job, they can give you an idea of which career paths are most promising based on natural inclinations.

Assess what you like about your current position

If you’re planning to switch careers, take stock of your current employment situation. Do you feel engaged? Do you enjoy the company you work for and the people you work with? Do you have room to grow and the ability to learn new skills here?

These basic questions can guide you toward what you need from your next role and where you’re likely to be happiest. Perhaps your career has reached a point where you can’t advance and you feel stifled. Or, maybe you’ve found that you work best with people and you spend most of your time isolated. 

Keep a running list of your likes and dislikes about your current job to help fill in the blanks for your future position.

Step 3: Learn about your target industry and position

Once you’ve narrowed down the industry and career path you want to pursue, it’s time to research. 

Head to industry forums to ask questions and read about the experiences of current professionals in the field. Get up to date on the industry and learn where it’s heading in the future.

Find out the answers to these specific questions:

  • What are the barriers to entry in this career path?
  • What is the likelihood this career will be relevant in ten years? In twenty?
  • What education, certification, or technical skills do I need to be competitive?
  • Who are the biggest players in the industry?
  • What are the salary ranges for this industry?

Step 4: Network and leverage connections

To discover new career opportunities, try to spend time around professionals in your target industry. Who are the movers and shakers? 

And don’t just limit your networking to LinkedIn and in-person conferences, you never know who might be a potential job connection. Tell your neighbors, friends, and family that you’re looking for a new job. You might be surprised by the possibilities that arise from these everyday interactions.

Step 5: Get real-world qualifications and skills

If you’re switching industries, there’s a good chance you’re going to need to put in time outside of your normal working hours to make the transition successfully. 

You might be able to volunteer or work on a contract basis for a company you’re interested in to build experience, for example. Night school or online courses are also great options if you want to develop a specific skill set like coding or photo-editing.

Being as prepared as possible is one thing, but it will be next to impossible to acquire all the new knowledge necessary for stepping into a new role.

But that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to fail. 

Think about your transferable skills, for instance. Research abilities, analytical skills, written communication, organization, and leadership experience are all examples of transferable skills.

Soft skills are also weighed as heavily or even more heavily compared to technical skills in certain industries. Being team-oriented and eager to learn can often make up for experience and technical gaps. 

Step 5: Save, save, save

When you feel like you’re ready to move toward a new career path, it’s helpful to add some extra padding to your emergency savings. A financial cushion can give you the peace-of-mind you need to focus on finding a job you feel strongly about, rather than only considering the final number in the job offer. 

Although making a decent living will likely always be a factor in any career decision, creating a strong financial foundation can give you the flexibility to take a chance on something new. 

If you’re starting over in a new career or industry, a robust savings account can tide you over when you’re at the bottom of the totem pole. As a result, you can accept an entry-level salary without worrying about how you’re going to pay rent. 

Since compensation levels of many positions commensurate with experience, it might be years until you’re making what you used to make. Be realistic about whether a lower starting salary is a dealbreaker or not.

Step 6: Tailor your resume and cover letter

When you’re getting ready to transition into a new type of work and industry, it’s essential to touch up your “personal brand.”

Take some time to revise your resume, cover letter, and LinkedIn profile so that it accurately reflects your updated career goals. 

Many companies, especially larger ones, use applicant tracking systems (ATS) to automatically organize and filter out candidates using algorithms. Unfortunately, this can mean a bot tosses out your resume, even if you’re a great fit for a particular position, because you’re missing certain keywords in your resume. 

To avoid getting thrown out by bots, carefully comb through job descriptions to incorporate keywords that match up with your experience. Weave those keywords into both your resume and cover letter so your application gets prioritized.

Step 7: Create a list of employers you love

Once you’ve cleaned up your cover letter and resume, it’s time to go hunting for the employers you could see yourself working for. Create a list of potential companies within your target industry and sign up for job alerts at the companies that interest you. 

Is there a general application available on the company site? You can take advantage of these general applications to sell yourself and what you bring to the table.

Step 8: Get a referral if possible

A referral can help you enormously during a job search or career change. Obviously, this strategy works best if you have a personal relationship with a professional connection, but you might be surprised how far a great portfolio and research can get you. 

Step 4, networking, can help you build these solid connections who can and want to help you with a job opportunity and referral, which can be the difference between getting your foot in the door and a rejection email.

The Path to a Job You Love

Learning how to find a job you love can be intimidating. It might even feel a little like dating at timesminus the awkward moments. But the right employment match is worth the effort. Given enough time, research, and hard work, you can land a job that leads to long-term contentment.

How To Find A Job You Love is a post from: I Will Teach You To Be Rich.