Career

There's an infinite range of possibilities for using your PKB when it comes to your career, here are some ideas to get started:

  • Overview.md : keep a high-level current summary of your career.

    • A list of what you've done so far with corresponding dates (schools, jobs, etc.)

    • What you're hoping to accomplish with your career.

    • What your important next steps are.

    • What you've learned about how you work best and the environments you enjoy most.

  • A Resume/ folder for your resume and cover letter.

Job Folders

Keep a folder for every job you've had (e.g. YYYYCompanyName/ ) to include a variety of things like:

  • An AchievementLog.md file, in which you record materially important things you accomplished.

  • Copies of annual reviews.

  • A First90Days.md file, to intentionally define a concrete set of goals for the first 90 days of any new job or role.

  • A PostMortem.md file, for after leaving a job, in which you can reflect about interesting learnings and how they will affect future jobs that you take.

Job Lifecycle

Keep a folder with a variety of checklists to remind you of important things to do at every stage of a job:

  • Finding a Job: Keep a checklist of the important characteristics you're looking for in a job, as well as the important questions you want to ask. You also may benefit from keeping some of these spreadsheets:

Overview
Brainstorm
Activity
Overview

A "Heads-Up Display" for a job search.

Company

Phase

Channel

Notes

CompanyA

PhoneInterview

Company Website

‚Äč

Use a few generic "phases" (Resume, Phone, Onsite, Negotiation), and calculate survival rates at each phase to get a sense for where you're doing well.

Brainstorm

A simple place to collect ideas for where you might want to work.

Sector

Company

Contact

Why?

SectorA

CompanyA

My Buddy

Really Cool!

Activity

A record of everything that's happened during a job search.

Date

Company

Phase

Channel

Result

Notes

1970/01/01

CompanyA

Resume

Referral

Fail

:-(

This log of activity can be helpful for managing job searches that run on for a long period of time (have you already submitted a resume? what did you ask during your last phone interview?).

  • Negotiating an Offer: There are a variety of great resources on how to negotiate an offer, but it can be helpful to keep a checklist to help operationalize the most important tactics, so you don't forget to do them in the heat of the moment.

  • Starting a New Job: Read a few books such as "First 90 Days" and "Deep Work", and build plans based on the new job to make sure you're doing critical things like building trust, finding work-life harmony, and keeping important principles in mind as you go through a major transition.

  • Leaving a Job: Leaving a job can be stressful, so keep a small checklist of things to do, ranging from sending thank you notes to dealing with health insurance. This helps minimize the worry of forgetting something important during a big transition.