Sarah Doody - Product strategy when the product is you
Are you struggling with your job search or unhappy with your current role? Listen to this episode with Sarah Doody! We talked about applying product strategy to your job search so you can accelerate the process. Sarah also shares advice on the actionable steps you can take to design your career path. Listen to the full episode for more advice on growing your online presence!
In episode 39 of The Product Design Podcast, Seth Coelen interviews Sarah Doody, Founder and CEO of Career Strategy Lab, a job search and career accelerator program for people in UX, tech, and product. Sarah started as a UX Researcher and Designer with different startups in New York City. She opened a research and design consultancy in 2012 and is now focused on career development and coaching with Career Strategy Lab.
During our chat, Sarah shares how she strategically designed her career path and grew her network while honing a critical skill she believes launched her into her successful career! We also discussed Sarah's 3-part product strategy to propel your career path, and the top myth UX professionals believe about recruiters.
Earlier in Sarah's career, she worked for a startup in New York, where she realized her career path was not going in the direction she had hoped. She sat down and created a career roadmap for herself. The roadmap included what she was currently doing, her previous experience, and what she wanted to be doing in the future. She also listed people she looked up to who did the type of work she wanted to do and detailed the actionable tasks needed to move toward her goals.
One of the goals was to create a social presence, and the task was to start consistently writing articles. This action changed the trajectory of Sarah's career when she wrote Why We Need Storytellers at the Heart of Product Development, which went viral, was published in UX Magazine, and led her to the opportunities that have gotten her to where she is today.
Sarah shared how she initially started her consultancy business when she decided to leave a job that was not taking her down the career path she envisioned. She quit without a plan, but because of the size and strength of her network, she confidentially made that decision and ended up being asked to stay on as a consultant.
Although Sarah does not recommend quitting a job without a backup plan, she shares how she grew her network to the point that it made her feel more comfortable leaving a position where she was not growing.
“You're going to have to write in your career, whether it's writing emails, writing reports, writing research, discussion guides, or your resume. The act of writing and becoming a better writer will help you in so many ways.”
Sarah has worked with so many people through the stages of getting ready to apply and interviewing that she has noticed three things people need to focus on: Product, Marketing, and Sales. When it comes to your career, it is essential to recognize how applying all three parts of the product strategy can help you through the process of landing the job you want.
In the full podcast episode, Sarah shares even more ways that product strategy can apply to your job search and how you can accelerate your search when you use this way of thinking!
“Invest in yourself as much as you invest in the products that you work on, because you're the most important product you're ever gonna work on.”
WOW! That was a fantastic, advice-filled discussion with Sarah, and she provided many actionable steps to take to get your career path moving in a direction that suits you. We are grateful for Sarah sharing so much of her knowledge and expertise during our chat!
Listen to the complete episode on The Product Design Podcast, which includes how Sarah designed her career path, how you can accelerate your job search, and the top myth UX professionals believe about recruiters. Don't forget to follow Sarah on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, and check out her website to watch what is going on at Career Strategy Lab!
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