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Finding the Company that Lets You Be You

This is the fifth installment in the multi-site series “5 Ways to Live the Life You Were Meant To”:

  1. Get Motivated by Joel Runyon
  2. Be Your Own Boss by Eric Pratum
  3. Living the Dream by Mark Lawrence
  4. How to Build Your Community by David Crandall

Last week I wrote about how I ended up with the greatest job in the world, so when I was invited to participate in this series I was a bit challenged to explain how somebody else could replicate what I’ve done. I have a particularly unique situation since I don’t work full time and my side projects have a ton of overlap with my day job, so nothing I ever do really feels like work. It’s a great place to be.

Finding the company that lets you be you, largely comes down to showcasing your personality in a way that a company can get insight into who you are that goes beyond bullets on a page and your job description. Fortunately, technology has given us a way to do exactly that.  I started this blog in April 2009 mainly in the hopes that it would help me to land a job. Once that goal was accomplished the purpose of the blog really changed. But looking back I realize that starting this blog was what gave my boss a very in-depth view into who I was as a person, something I think would have been impossible with just a resume.  I’m not going to go on an about blogging and its benefits because I think everybody reading this really gets that part of it. But that’s only one part of this formula. The second part is actually the one that is going to set you up to live on your own terms, even while you’re working at a day job.

4 Rules for Finding a Job/Company that Lets You Be You

First I’m going to be upfront and say that none of these things are easy to do.  I’m in the fortunate position to be able to take a risk here or there because I don’t have a family or kids. That being said what this really comes down to is understanding your own values. Often there’s a big disconnect between how we choose jobs and our values and hopefully this will give you some insight into making career choices that lead you where you want to go.

Finding the company that lets you be you is no easy feat. It’s taken me quite a  bit of failure, two degrees that I wonder if I’ll ever use, and about 10 years. So I can’t say that there’s a formula. But what I can say is that understanding your values and choosing based on that will make a huge difference.

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