People you need to know if you’re job searching

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Interested in improving your job search? Looking for ways to beef up your resume?  Need help just getting started? I know a few folks for that!

There are many resources out there that specialize in answering any of the above questions that aim to help you along your job search journey. However, as helpful as these resources are it’s also very overwhelming when you first get started. As I continue my journey along this emotional and stressful rollercoaster, I thought I’d share a list of people that not only did I learn a great deal from….but also provided the confidence and positive reinforcement that we all need. The best part is that these fine folks have plenty of resources that are free for you to use!

Check out my list of people you need to know if your job searching on my latest post.

Austin Belcak - Cultivated Culture

When your LinkedIn headline starts by saying “I help people land amazing jobs” you know you’re going in the right direction. When I first started my job search I was very lost on what to do first. Someone forwarded me a link to a live talk he was giving about landing your dream job and I decided to give it a watch and see what it was all about. Holy moly was it amazing! Austin has an incredible strategy for building a network, resume building, and LinkedIn tips. If you’re lost, stuck, or just need some motivation on what to do then look to Austin for help. He also has a great set of free tools and resources to work off.

What I learned:

  • Resume building
  • LinkedIn tips
  • Networking and Connections
  • Company Research
  • Focusing your search

YoutubeWebsite : LinkedIn

Madeline Mann - Self Made Millennial

If you need motivation then say hi to Madeline Mann. Known as the Self Made Millennial, I always recognize her as the smiling, energetic, and positive vibe that honestly…..we all need nowadays. Her intense orange brand pops and shines almost as bright as she is. Besides that feel-good feeling she gives everyone, Madeline has been my go-to source on what to do when I apply to jobs, interviewing prep, and how to handle follow-ups. 

What I learned:

  • Resume building
  • Job application initial follow up
  • Referral Request
  • How to handle top 10 interview questions
  • Interview Follow up

YoutubeWebsite: LinkedIn: 

Femke van Schoonhoven -

An incredible product designer at Uber Eats, Femke van Schoonhoven has resources on her website, youtube, her website, and a podcast with the talented designer Charli Prangley. Besides having the coolest name she’s always sharing her skills and knowledge with those of us that want to soak up as much as possible. I’ve mentioned Femke before in previous posts about tackling design challenges and whiteboard exercises (post link) but she’s helped me beyond even that. A must if you’re in the Product Design or UX/UI field.

What I learned:

  • Tackling a design challenge
  • Whiteboard exercise techniques
  • Interview questions specific to Product Designers
  • Case Studies and portfolio reviews

YoutubeWebsite: LinkedInPodcast

Sarah Doody - UX Portfolio Formula

Sarah is amazing! Her UX portfolio Formula website is full of resources. I’ve shared many of her posts on LinkedIn and even previously wrote about her contribution to my portfolio in an earlier post about case studies.  I first discovered Sarah early on during my job search when I was still putting together my first case study. I was about 10 min from being done and then I read an article by her on how to write a UX case study. I ended up redoing the whole thing and it was the best decision I made in regards to my portfolio. 

What I learned:

  • Putting together a successful case study
  • Talking about my case study
  • Confidence in the hard work I put into it


Special shoutout - Shelly Richard 

She might not be as well known and huge as the above but a big thanks and shout-out needs to go to Shelley Richard. She’s been my career coach since completing the Flatiron program. Besides being the one who introduced me to many fantastic resources like the folks above, she’s really helped me fine-tune my interviewing skills. Whether it’s getting her opinion on how to connect with someone, tips on my resume or even a second opinion if what I wrote looks professional enough…she’s there to keep me motivated. Thanks Shelly!

What I learned:

  • Confidence in interviewing
  • Elevator pitch
  • Fine-tuning my resume and cover letter


Now what?

Go get a job! Utilize these people that I mentioned above. They all have free resources to get you to a fantastic place in your job search.

Who are your influencers, mentors or friends that have helped you? I’d love to know them also.

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