• Michael Huskey

How to Get the Job You are Unqualified For

How using a Side-Hustle can help you close the gaps in your resume

In today’s environment, more and more people are looking to and being forced to change jobs.

Career transitions are tough. Especially when the experience requirements for the entry-level job you want are a mile long. What are you supposed to do? The default for most people is to go back to school.

I have another idea.

Start a Side-Hustle.

Everyone has an opinion about Side-Hustles. Some people love the idea others loath it.

According to a survey conducted by Bankrate, over 44 million American adults have a side-hustle.

I personally think they get an unfair bad rap. I think the negative stigma comes from the fact that a lot of the most common ones are essentially just people gaming the system or just hobbies.

I am not telling you to quit your day job to pursue your passion. Instead, I want to help you create the right hustle that can equip you with the needed skills and experiences to help you land a more fulfilling 9 to 5.

Stop Hustling for the Extra Dollar

This article is not for people who just want extra money.

If you were hoping this article was going to take that turn, I would instead direct you to this article instead — 50 Ideas for a Lucrative Side Hustle.

More money will probably follow if you go down this path, but that should not be the goal. I stated in the intro my goal is for people to use this strategy to find more fulfilling work, not more money.

Money is a means, not an end. What I believe most people want from work is a job they find meaningful and feel they are uniquely suited to accomplish. It empowers us to see ourselves as individuals instead of just cogs in a machine.

It empowers us to see ourselves as individuals instead of just cogs in a machine.

Sorry for getting all philosophical, but I wanted to drive home the point that a side-hustle with the only aim for extra money in my opinion is a fruitless pursuit.

How Do Employers View Side-Hustles?

I am sure your biggest concern is how will potential employers view this endeavor. Will they discount it? Or will they think it is exceptional?

I found an article from Monster answering this specific question. The article says bringing it up can demonstrate to your employer your drive and ability to execute. Also, because your business was created for the sole point of getting the job, it shows your employer that you have put into practice the specific skills they need.

I also had a conversation with a mentor who was a former executive at Amazon, and I mentioned this idea to him, and he loved it. He also followed up by saying, “If you are talking to smart people, they will respect you for being able to start your own business and maintain a 9 to 5 job.”

Even if it doesn't get you hired you still started your own business. The experience and knowledge you gained by doing that can never be taken away. Maybe not today or tomorrow, but that experience will eventually serve you well in some aspect of your life personally or professionally.

Determining Your Product Offering

Since you are someone looking to use this business as a means to elevate your career, you have to decide roughly what job you are trying to secure.

Most job postings, even entry-level positions, require a fair amount of experience, which is tough to get if your current job is not that role.

I’ll use myself as an example. I am trying to move into more of a product management role. So to figure out what product or service I was going to offer, I looked at job postings, read articles, and talked to people in Product Management positions to see what skills I was missing.

After this fact-finding mission, I found a list of skills that I needed to work on. I then started brainstorming around what kind of business I could make that would fill in these skill gaps.

After a couple of months of running through a bunch of different ideas (Lean Startup Style, great book recommend reading), I decided on consulting. I would help coach people in areas where they needed support and I was uniquely skilled, with the aim of helping them achieve their goals, personal or business-related.

This service would help me add experience and bolster skills that were either weak or currently missing on my resume.

Monetizing Your Business

I think it is crucial to make sure you are monetizing the product or service you are offering. It will show your future employer that other people find your skills valuable. A lot of people will shy away from monetization because they are scared they will not get any clients.

If that is your fear, then don’t apply for the job, because the company that will eventually hire you is no different than one of your clients, except they are just paying for more of your time and attention.

Don’t get me wrong starting free is not a bad strategy as you perfect the product, but the aim should be towards revenue generation.

Check Out My Article

We Are All a Business - We Just Don't Realize It

Without revenue-generating it is just a hobby that you post about on the internet. I fell victim to this type of thinking for a while.

Big Takeaways

  • Stop Hustling for the Extra Dollar — More money will not give you meaningful work.

  • How Do Employers View Side-Hustles? — If the side-hustle is crafted right and you have results to back it up, it should put you in a great position.

  • Determining Your Product Offering — Create a business around adding resume-worthy experiences or skills that are currently absent or underdeveloped.

If, after reading this, you agree that starting a business is the perfect thing you need, but you unsure where to start, feel free to reach out to me (huskdoes@gmail.com) I can see what I can do to help you get organized and on your way.

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