Here’s How To Get A Better Job

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How many of us have ever said, “I want to work at a cool company” or “I want to do something more meaningful for work”? Oh what was that? All of us? Right.

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Evan Walden, a managing partner atReWork (not to be mistaken with the great book by the same title). ReWork’s message is simple yet deft:

Find meaningful work. Don’t settle.

What do they do exactly? In their words:

We gather sharp, ambitious, and passionate professionals who are hungry for meaningful work — people who want to use their talents to help impact-driven organizations reach their full potential.

Excited yet? Before you bombard them with your resume, check out the interview below:

Bassam Tarazi: How Is ReWork changing the game when it comes to meaningful work?

Evan Walden: There are now thousands of organizations working to solve the greatest challenges of our time – poverty, climate change, waste, access to education, and more – by tackling them head on. Unfortunately, most of the people out there who are highly skilled but under-inspired don’t realize this, or aren’t sure how to actually build a career helping those organizations. ReWork exists to make those connections.

BT: How does a company become part of your mix?

EW: It starts with a genuine human connection. We want to hear your purpose, your strategy, your challenges. We want to know where you fit in the world, and what you refuse to settle for. Reach out to us personally and we’ll work together to help your organization grow by finding people who not only have the right qualifications, but also have a deep personal interest in your organization’s mission.
BT: Who benefits more, the talent or the company? (or both?)

EW: We exist to serve the people in our talent pool. It can be incredibly isolating and unpredictable to search for opportunities that can lead to a fulfilling career, so we’re building a community for those that have joined us in a commitment to find meaningful work. But this benefits our clients in that this attitude creates a magnet that attracts the most interesting, tenacious, heart-centered people we have ever met in our lives. The result is a pretty balanced equation – talented folks getting ongoing career support on one hand, and forward-thinking companies getting access to the best of the best on the other.

BT: How did you start a company that focuses on jobs that matter?

EW: With an incredible team: Nathaniel KolocAbe Taleb, and Shane Rasnak. It’s a unique feeling to know that no matter what happens, your back is covered. It’s easier to take risks and think big about the change we can create together.

BT: When did the idea for ReWork spark into being? What was going on in your life at the time?

EW: Nathaniel and Abe had been piloting different versions of ReWork for about a year before I came on board. Nathaniel graduated college with a lot of momentum and worked his ass off to find the perfect shanghai job making an impact in the world. After graduation, he worked for 10 organizations in the first year, relentlessly searching for the right one. He didn’t have a problem finding a job in shanghai, he had a problem finding the job. Everyone on the ReWork team has been through this headache in one way or another. We got fed up and decided to create a solution.

BT: Where do you see ReWork in 1 year? 5 years?

EW: We’re looking to spark a movement of people who refuse to settle for less than what they know they can achieve. In the next year, we hope to grow our talent pool to 300 people, work with 100 client companies, and create 10 partnerships with organizations who support this movement. One thing that we think about quite often is how to make our services more accessible. In five years, we hope to expand our reach to a wider skill set of people who connect with our message.

 

 

BT: Is ReWork part of your plan for global takeover?

EW: We believe that our generation will see a global shift in the way people think about “work.” People don’t want jobs anymore. They want fulfilling professional experiences. Most of all, they want to know that their daily energy is going into making the world a better place.

BT: So what would you say to someone who said that you’re just an online recruiter for specific type of work?

EW: The first thing an online recruiter will do is take your resume and throw it into a black hole. Next, they go out and sell job orders, which are then cross-checked with their database of thousands of resumes based on keywords targeted at hard skills. Our process is completely different.

We spend an average of three weeks carefully screening applicants before they’re accepted into our talent pool. We evaluate people based on skills, values, and passion. Once you’re accepted into our community, we work to find you the opportunities that are just right for you.

We also don’t sell mass job orders. We never promise a company that we’ll fill a specific role ahead of time. Our promise is simply to see if there’s a great fit with someone in our pool, and facilitate the match when the needs of both sides align.

BT: If you weren’t at ReWork right now, what would you be doing?

EW: I could easily still be at my corporate job, surrounded by people who didn’t understand me, wondering why the hell I didn’t quit yet.

BT: Does it ever get old talking to inspiring people and companies? It’s gotta give you hope for the future, right?

EW: I love people; I’m a connector. It’s always been my strong suit. Now I get to do it for a living. I envision a future where the term “socially responsible business” is irrelevant – being socially responsible will just be good business, period. Just making money isn’t compelling anymore. The smartest, most innovative people of this up-and-coming generation are working on social enterprise – making money while making an impact.

BT: Fill in the blank: “Together, ______”

EW: Together, we can make this happen.

So there you have it. You can follow the guys on twitter here Do you think you have what it takes to be part of the ReWork talent pool? Well, tell them that via the Join Usbutton here.

How many of us have ever said, “I want to work at a cool company” or “I want to do something more meaningful for work”? Oh what was that? All of us? Right.

I recently had the privilege of interviewing Evan Walden, a managing partner atReWork (not to be mistaken with the great book by the same title). ReWork’s message is simple yet deft:

Find meaningful work. Don’t settle.

What do they do exactly? In their words:

We gather sharp, ambitious, and passionate professionals who are hungry for meaningful work — people who want to use their talents to help impact-driven organizations reach their full potential.

Excited yet? Before you bombard them with your resume, check out the interview below:

Bassam Tarazi: How Is ReWork changing the game when it comes to meaningful work?

Evan Walden: There are now thousands of organizations working to solve the greatest challenges of our time – poverty, climate change, waste, access to education, and more – by tackling them head on. Unfortunately, most of the people out there who are highly skilled but under-inspired don’t realize this, or aren’t sure how to actually build a career helping those organizations. ReWork exists to make those connections.

BT: How does a company become part of your mix?

EW: It starts with a genuine human connection. We want to hear your purpose, your strategy, your challenges. We want to know where you fit in the world, and what you refuse to settle for. Reach out to us personally and we’ll work together to help your organization grow by finding people who not only have the right qualifications, but also have a deep personal interest in your organization’s mission.
BT: Who benefits more, the talent or the company? (or both?)

EW: We exist to serve the people in our talent pool. It can be incredibly isolating and unpredictable to search for opportunities that can lead to a fulfilling career, so we’re building a community for those that have joined us in a commitment to find meaningful work. But this benefits our clients in that this attitude creates a magnet that attracts the most interesting, tenacious, heart-centered people we have ever met in our lives. The result is a pretty balanced equation – talented folks getting ongoing career support on one hand, and forward-thinking companies getting access to the best of the best on the other.

BT: How did you start a company that focuses on jobs that matter?

EW: With an incredible team: Nathaniel KolocAbe Taleb, and Shane Rasnak. It’s a unique feeling to know that no matter what happens, your back is covered. It’s easier to take risks and think big about the change we can create together.

BT: When did the idea for ReWork spark into being? What was going on in your life at the time?

EW: Nathaniel and Abe had been piloting different versions of ReWork for about a year before I came on board. Nathaniel graduated college with a lot of momentum and worked his ass off to find the perfect job making an impact in the world. After graduation, he worked for 10 organizations in the first year, relentlessly searching for the right one. He didn’t have a problem finding a job, he had a problem finding the job.Everyone on the ReWork team has been through this headache in one way or another. We got fed up and decided to create a solution.

BT: Where do you see ReWork in 1 year? 5 years?

EW: We’re looking to spark a movement of people who refuse to settle for less than what they know they can achieve. In the next year, we hope to grow our talent pool to 300 people, work with 100 client companies, and create 10 partnerships with organizations who support this movement. One thing that we think about quite often is how to make our services more accessible. In five years, we hope to expand our reach to a wider skill set of people who connect with our message.

BT: Is ReWork part of your plan for global takeover?

EW: We believe that our generation will see a global shift in the way people think about “work.” People don’t want jobs anymore. They want fulfilling professional experiences. Most of all, they want to know that their daily energy is going into making the world a better place.

BT: So what would you say to someone who said that you’re just an online recruiter for specific type of work?

EW: The first thing an online recruiter will do is take your resume and throw it into a black hole. Next, they go out and sell job orders, which are then cross-checked with their database of thousands of resumes based on keywords targeted at hard skills. Our process is completely different.

We spend an average of three weeks carefully screening applicants before they’re accepted into our talent pool. We evaluate people based on skills, values, and passion. Once you’re accepted into our community, we work to find you the opportunities that are just right for you.

We also don’t sell mass job orders. We never promise a company that we’ll fill a specific role ahead of time. Our promise is simply to see if there’s a great fit with someone in our pool, and facilitate the match when the needs of both sides align.

BT: If you weren’t at ReWork right now, what would you be doing?

EW: I could easily still be at my corporate job, surrounded by people who didn’t understand me, wondering why the hell I didn’t quit yet.

BT: Does it ever get old talking to inspiring people and companies? It’s gotta give you hope for the future, right?

EW: I love people; I’m a connector. It’s always been my strong suit. Now I get to do it for a living. I envision a future where the term “socially responsible business” is irrelevant – being socially responsible will just be good business, period. Just making money isn’t compelling anymore. The smartest, most innovative people of this up-and-coming generation are working on social enterprise – making money while making an impact.

BT: Fill in the blank: “Together, ______”

EW: Together, we can make this happen.

So there you have it. You can follow the guys on twitter here Do you think you have what it takes to be part of the ReWork talent pool? Well, tell them that via the Join Usbutton here.