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The best job search advice I've ever received

The best job search advice I've ever received
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Google had a round of layoffs today, and the atmosphere internally was grim. People felt sad and anxious, yet also a subtle sense of relief. Since the layoffs last year, any issues with badge or corporate access seems to trigger instant unease.

This morning, I accidentally muted a friend on our internal chat, causing his icon to gray out in my sidebar. Anxiously, I waited three hours for him to start his workday on Pacific time. I was so relieved to discover that he was unaffected, and I had just mis-clicked in the interface.

I don't know anyone who was affected personally, but it made me wonder what I would do had I been let go today. The prospect is scary to think about. I imagine I would cry for a long time. Eventually, I'd probably find myself back on the job market.

In that scenario, I want to cling onto the best job search advice I've ever received:

When choosing roles, projects, jobs — make sure you're focusing on making the best decision for yourself - not anyone else. Where can you learn the most? Which team is accepting and willing to learn from you as well? Is the pace sustainable so you can live your life? Keep this stuff in mind. You're certainly worth a welcoming and innovative environment and should expect nothing less. 

I don't know how I would feel if I had been affected by the layoffs today. I don't know if I would want to quickly accept the first job I am offered, or explore different opportunities. What I do know is that advice guided me to my current role, and it is one where I find joy and fulfillment everyday.

When choosing this role, I was in a privileged position where I could thoroughly consider different offers and weigh alternatives. I know I ultimately chose the right fit for me. The camaraderie within my team has exceptional. We are constantly learning and growing together. There are many opportunities with a Julie-shaped hole, where I have been able to lead and contribute in ways that align with my strengths.

I don't know if I will always get to work in such a welcoming and innovative environment. What I do know at least, is to expect nothing less.