Job Search advice from Jonas Altman,managing partner at Social Fabric

How was your University time?

Really good, my first year I did an alternative programme which was Art+History+Philosophy all in one. I didn’t know it at the time but it helped me to form arguments, to think, criticially and to write well

Why did you Seekout a career in this field?

I didn’t. Some say the fell into things or followed their gut.  I think I’m still defining my career and I’m on my third one. My frist was a marketing employee in the record business. My second was an entrepreneur/employer in the fashion business.  And my third, which I’m on now is a writer/consultant in the innovation business.

What was your first job or nuggets from jobs you had that helped you to get to where you are today?

Treat everyone from the intern to the boss with respect

How did you prepare for an interview?

The best ones, where as cliche as it sounds, I was myself. I had conviction and I stated my beliefs clearly and why I would be of value to the company. Referrals help too 🙂

Books that helped you.?

Drive by Dan Pink

Things are changing very fast in the industry, how do you keep yourself updated. Please list techniques or newsletter, podcasts, events etc

Thinking, reading, conversations, asking, listening, learning, teaching, and writing. Not always in that order.

What can you recommend on CV?

Make it a tool that gets you in the door.

Advice for someone looking for job?

Make yourself so attractive and get resourceful enough so that the job finds you

Lessons from jobs that you couldn’t get.

They weren’t meant to be, and it was an opportunity to learn why not and where you will direct your energy next…
Jonas Altman is a managing partner at award-winning innovation firm Social Fabric. He has worked with clients including Sony Music, Google, and the BBC. He’s an international speaker, business advisor, and adjunct professor in innovation and entrepreneurship. Passionate about design, business, and technology – Jonas writes for The Guardian, Inc.com, Quartz, and is penning his second book on the Future of Work.

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