First, my apologies for not writing for a while, but I was busy executing my plan on my Biz-Deving/Looking for a job project! And, I have good news: I found the opportunity I was looking for! After I found it, I was busy delivering my added value to the company (still am!) and thinking what to share with you, my dear readers. After 4 weeks of work, I have great stories to share and the first of this series is: how did I apply for the position?
As I shared with you before, I met Assaf Luxembourg after he read one of my articles on The Times of Israel and contacted me (he’s a mentor for the Masa Israel Journey internship program, so he saw the opportunity to help another Olah Chadasha #GiveFirst). We met, chatted and I wrote an article about why I printed my own business card after listening to his explanation that “We Are All Business Units”. We kept in touch, one engaging to the other’s content (read here why is important to engage on LinkedIn and how to do it). We met again during the Conference Innov8 Work where he invited me, as he was one of the speakers and the Silo’s Brand Ambassador (my preparation to Biz-Dev during this conference will be another story to share with you soon).
A few days before the end of 2018, he sent an e-mail to his contacts about a job opportunity to work directly with him. Honestly, the job position itself was nothing like what I’ve done in the past. His e-mail went something like this:
Looking for a way to get into marketing and sales in the strategic consulting world?
Looking for the opportunity to join an experienced and professional team in a start-up atmosphere?
Are you hungry for success, love to work and to move forward and eager to prove yourself?
We are looking for you!
Even though I have never worked in marketing or sales, I felt like Assaf was talking straight to me: this was the best definition for the opportunity I was looking for! I sent him my CV, we had a quick “phone interview” to set up expectations and then we met personally at the office. Of course, I prepared myself for the interview as I shared in The Ultimate Guide to Acing Your Next Job Interview. In the end, I didn’t join the company to work directly with Assaf, instead I’m working as a consultant, which I have lots of experience working with it in Brazil. But this time, I’ll provide professional services for Israeli companies in the Israeli management consultant environment – and one more challenge: all the work is in Hebrew.
The company’s name is Moore Management Consulting. It’s backed up by an experienced and professional team from AY Augmented Management (Aaron Lichtenstein and Yair Redl) cooperating with Moore Stephens Israel (Lion Orlitzky & Co in Israel) and a member of the Moore Stephens International Network.
My main takeaways from this story:
- Looking for a good job is a full-time job! If it’s not for you, then you need to rethink which outcome you want to reach with your job search!
- Many people asked me why I started to write a blog and what I gain with that (I don’t monetize). So here is the answer: yes, I want to share my experience with other Olim Chadashim so they may learn from my mistakes and may undergo a less painful period for themselves. But mainly, blogging was also a powerful tool that helped me get the job I wanted. The blog is my professional image online, my personal brand. There isn’t character count limitation in blogs, unlike a one-page resume format. However, it’s important to master the subject – as I stated since the beginning, my blog was from a point of a view of an Oleh Chadash looking for a job in Israel – maybe now I’ll have to change the main subject, but I didn’t think about that yet. During my job search, several hiring managers have read one of my posts before the meeting, so we had something to talk about “before the formal interview started”. Not to mention the amazing amount of feedback I receive from readers that makes me certain that I’m doing the right thing! I didn’t get this idea out of the blue; I followed advice from other’s and read about the advantages of blogging while looking for a job.
- NETWORKING, NETWORKING, NETWORKING. This means a lot of chutzpah. And don’t worry, Israelis are used to this attitude and they like it! Use the fact that you’re an Oleh Chadash to start any conversation! Don’t know where to network? Start with the meetups listed on this Google Sheet I created (navigate through the tabs and, please, contribute with the file by adding missing data). I recommend starting with Olim in Tel-Aviv Yafo’s talks (in English) or Olim TLV Español (Spanish) if you live in the Center – they are all free and focused on Olim needs. You should also download TLfree – an app that collects all free events in the Center. A must-have app!
- Have a clear goal (or 2, so you can be more flexible), with deadlines. One of my goals was to have the opportunity to work in Hebrew. Modestly speaking, my level of Hebrew was already high (I attended 3 ulpanim + speak/write with my husband’s family in Hebrew), but I was still afraid to make stupid mistakes and how hiring managers would see me. So I decided to face this fear and I have to share that I have already learned an incredible amount of new words in “Business Hebrew” that aren’t taught in any ulpan… and, as a suggestion (from my current boss, Hagar Lichtenstein), if someone makes fun of your Hebrew, say that your Hebrew is probably much better than his <Portuguese> (choose your mother tongue language).
- Be consistent. As Simon Sinek stated in one of his motivational videos: “if you really believe that this is the right course of action and you stick with it (…) consistently, (…) with the daily practice of all the monotonous little boring things (…), an accumulation of lots of little things that can look innocuous and useless, literally pointless by themselves. (…) But if you do it consistently and you do in combination of lots of other little things (…) over and over again, is when you’ll say: I love my job.” – click here to watch the whole video and to listen to his very illustrative examples.
- You’ll make mistakes along the way. No problem, you are human – maybe you’ll be nervous because you really want that job in that specific company (I did!) – allow yourself to make mistakes without feeling guilty; take the opportunity to learn with them. It’s part of the deal… Look for answers on Google (sounds stupid, I know, but it’s true!), you’ll find so many blogs with tips! This post is a real search that I, myself, googled it and read after a bad job interview. Want more motivational tips from real people? Follow these people on LinkedIn (they aren’t from Israel, but their daily tips and engagement on LinkedIn really helped me along my path):
It’s important to state that everyone has its own story. This is my most recent story. Am I sure that everything will work out? I don’t know yet, but I hope so! If not, I’ll have acquired one more experience for the next step in my career.
And you? How did you apply for the position you are in now? Have something to add to my takeaways? Feel free to comment or drop me a line and ask questions! Usually, this is how I get ideas to share my experiences with you. And if you liked this story, stay tuned to read the next ones…