Navigating the transition from school to the "real world" can be daunting and frustrating. I know it because I've lived it.
As someone who has been waitlisted for pretty much every job I have ever had, I know how it feels.
I know how it feels to kick off the job search with guns blazing, thinking that my dream employers must be
so thrilled to have my resume land on their desk.
I also know how it feels to not hear back from any of my dream companies - then scramble... open a hundred browser tabs, churn out cover letter after cover letter... only to get nothing but radio silence.
I even know how it's like to "drink from a fire hose" on the job and not know whether I am on track until that dreaded performance review.
It was not until I saw the process from the other side that I realized how wrong I was in my approach.
It turns out the job search - contrary to popular opinion - is not
a numbers game. You do not increase your chances simply by applying to more companies. You increase your chances by standing out.
It turns out that succeeding on the job does not have to be a matter of trial and error. There are, in fact, a series of "unwritten rules" in the workplace that not even managers can put their finger on - but that I've discovered through over a year of research with hundreds of managers and new hires.
I looked at my research and couldn't help but think, "If only I had known this earlier!"
Then I realized: I couldn't have. The grads who had navigated the process before were all too busy to walk me through the process step-by-step. Moreover, I didn't know what I didn't know
- so I didn't even know what questions to ask, even if I had access to these mentors (which I didn't).
Wouldn't it be great if I could have a personal mentor looking over my shoulders, guiding me through the uncertainty, step-by-step, judgment free? Wouldn't it be great if this mentor could be available on my schedule? AND, wouldn't it be great if this mentor didn't just draw from their own experience, but could also draw from the experiences of many professionals who I couldn't otherwise reach?
That's why I started Frank: To be there as that mentor we didn't even know we could have had - to guide us through the challenges that life throws our way that school never taught us.