Today’s guest for Finding Brave is Austin Belcak, the founder of Cultivated Culture. Through his work, Austin helps people land amazing jobs that they love – at the salaries they deserve.

Austin shares his powerful personal story of pursuing a degree that in the end, didn’t help him land work he would enjoy (or work at all!).  After applying to approximately 200 jobs online in the space of a couple of months and hearing nothing but one letter of rejection, he decided he needed to take a completely different tack. He embarked on a journey of researching exactly what people his age had done to secure amazing positions at the nation’s top companies, including Google, Microsoft and Twitter. From his intensive research, he began applying what he learned to secure a dream job, and launched his own business helping others do the same.

Austin’s strategies have been featured in Forbes, Business Insider, Inc., Fast Company, and more, and his students have landed interviews and offers at Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Apple, Twitter, Uber, Deloitte, Accenture, ESPN and more.

The strategies you’ll hear in this episode go far beyond what you hear every day, and Austin’s advice can be applied immediately to your own job search to get you noticed and moving in a direction you’ll be thrilled with.   

Austin is one of those individuals who has truly turned his “mess into a message,” and you’ll be inspired by his success to build your own.

Highlights from this Episode:

  • What Austin decided to do when he realized that his degree wasn’t be enough to get him the job he was after [6:07]
  • Why your network is becoming even more important in today’s job market [10:26]
  • How to muster the confidence needed – from the inside! [15:37]
  • Ways to interject your personality into the job search, while making the other person feel valuable [17:52]
  • How getting excited to go the extra mile (and providing added value) is a true investment you make in yourself [23:54]
  • Why when approaching influencers, your energy (and intent) is so important [30:17]

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“I was miserable. I was really unhappy because I figured that again, my degree would have gotten me something that I wanted to do.” [5:55]

“I ended up applying to about anywhere from 150 to 200 jobs online in the space of a couple of months. The only time I heard back from somebody was an automated rejection letter.” [7:27]

“Only take advice from the people who already have what you want.” [8:15]

“When it comes to job searching who you know will get you in the door, what you know will get you the rest of the way.” [12:05]

“When I did jump on the phone with them…my agenda was to figure out something I could latch onto where I could provide value. [19:20]

“Job searching for a dream job is a full-time job on its own.” [24:05]

“Being able to put in a couple of hours consistently, every single day, those small wins add up.” [28:51]

“The best thing that I can recommend is just always think about what you can give and where you can add value.” [30:25]



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