[Interview] Austin Belcak on how to skyrocket your chances of landing your dream job

career covid-19 performance Jul 26, 2020
 

Despite our best hopes, COVID-19 is not going away anytime soon.

This will continue to impact how we think about and navigate education, skill development, job searching and our careers.

As far as job searching and your career goes, Austin Belcak has you covered.

Austin is the Founder of Cultivated Culture, which helps people use unconventional strategies to land jobs they love (without connections, without traditional "experience," and without applying online). He has also served Director of Partner Development at Microsoft in New York City since 2015.

Austin has helped thousands of job seekers land offers at Google, Microsoft, Salesforce, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Uber, Spotify, Deloitte, Accenture, Sequoia Capital, Tesla, SpaceX, ESPN, The NFL, & more.

Cultivated Culture has continued to help people get great jobs through the pandemic, and his community has grown to over 350,000 people in just 4 years through his website, email...

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How to feel instantly better during this crisis (or anytime)

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It's so easy to think about what we DON'T have right now.

I catch myself thinking about things I miss like:

  • My normal routine
  • Seeing my family
  • Going out with friends
  • Going out to restaurants, bars and coffee shops
  • Walking outside without worry
  • Being able to get groceries normally
  • Lifting heavy weights
  • My 1x month haircut
  • Hands that aren't cracking from dryness

I'm sure you have your list, too.

But this is the problem:

When we focus on what we don't have, compared to what we expect to have (what we consider "normal"), we feel negative emotions like fear, stress, anxiety, sadness and anger.

During this pandemic or not, I've found that when I feel negative emotions, 100% of the time it's because something that happened didn't line up with my expectations of "what normal should be."

These negative emotions affect our mood, our productivity, how we treat others and even our physical health.

The antidote?

"Trade your...

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10 things you can do today to start thriving during the crisis

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Before this pandemic, if you would have asked me...

"How would you do if you were forced to be in your condo for 2 straight weeks?" 

...I would have had a pretty negative answer.

But surprisingly, after 15 days and counting of self-quarantine, I feel really good.

That is directly related to this list of 10 items I hope you consider using for yourself and your students over the next several weeks.

With less commuting, less program and club meetings, less social gatherings and potentially less schoolwork, this is an amazing time to focus on improving our lives and the lives of our students.

 

10 things you can do today to start thriving, not surviving

 

1. Consider this an incredible opportunity

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At first, I panicked. I was worried everything would come to a halt and I'd be sitting inside, bored and with nothing to do.

Then, I realized I was overreacting. Things were...

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