Finding a Job in Corporate Strategy

Do You Feel Like This Guy? Then read on...

In my last post, I covered some of the myths about working in corporate strategy.  Here, I’ll share what worked for me when I was last searching for a job.  Step One is to do a quick self-assessment to make sure you would be comfortable with the job.  Then I’ll talk about what you can be doing now to prepare yourself.  After that, I’ll cover tips for networking and surfacing the right opportunity.  In my next post, I’ll talk in more detail about the interview process as I’ve experienced it with various companies.

Check Your Gut – Do You Really Want This?

Great strategists can listen and rely on their gut instincts to a decision.  Ask yourself these 3 questions and listen really hard to your first reaction.

Start Preparing For a Strategy Job

  1. Teaches you about how different functions operate and work together
  2. Gives you powerful network connections which will one day end up benefitting you

Finding and screening available positions

Be Selective In Companies You Choose

Of course, this is easier said than done, and I understand that a paycheck is better than no paycheck at all.  However, having to craft, explain, and defend a strategy that you don’t believe in will doom your career.  In other words, if you’re a vegan, you probably shouldn’t take a strategy job at a fast-food retailer.  Be patient…finding a position where you can argue effectively a strategy that reflects your passion will be rewarded.

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Posted on April 19, 2009 at 2:31 pm by Ben Foster · Permalink
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  1. Written by Chris Brooks
    on April 19, 2009 at 11:12 pm
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    Great post Ben, interesting ideas. Another great resource to help people prepare for the job search is the Napoleon Hill classic Think and Grow Rich. There are several chapters that go into great detail about how to get the exact job you want. Could add some interesting ideas to your post series.

  2. Written by Chris Brooks
    on April 19, 2009 at 5:12 pm
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    Great post Ben, interesting ideas. Another great resource to help people prepare for the job search is the Napoleon Hill classic Think and Grow Rich. There are several chapters that go into great detail about how to get the exact job you want. Could add some interesting ideas to your post series.

  3. Written by Jennifer Coleman
    on April 20, 2009 at 8:51 pm
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    Excellent post Ben. It’s great that you are posting information like this as Corporate Strategy is one of those “mysterious” functions inside a company. I’ve had quite a bit of experience in pricing strategy which is a piece of the big pie and have always been interested in broadening my experience. If you know of anyone looking for someone with my background please feel free to pass my info along:

    http://www.linkedin.com/in/jenmcoleman

    Talk soon and please keep posting good and useful info!

  4. Written by Jennifer Coleman
    on April 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm
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    Excellent post Ben. It’s great that you are posting information like this as Corporate Strategy is one of those “mysterious” functions inside a company. I’ve had quite a bit of experience in pricing strategy which is a piece of the big pie and have always been interested in broadening my experience. If you know of anyone looking for someone with my background please feel free to pass my info along:

    http://www.linkedin.com/in/jenmcoleman

    Talk soon and please keep posting good and useful info!

  5. Written by John Rood
    on April 21, 2009 at 12:42 am
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    Thanks for this post Ben. I especially love the idea of a “strategic thought library.” This is something everyone should definitely doing but I think few people formalize. I certainly haven’t — so far.

  6. Written by John Rood
    on April 20, 2009 at 6:42 pm
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    Thanks for this post Ben. I especially love the idea of a “strategic thought library.” This is something everyone should definitely doing but I think few people formalize. I certainly haven’t — so far.

  7. […] quicker.  In my first two posts of this series, I covered the myths of corporate strategy jobs and how to find a job in corporate strategy.  In this final post, I’ll talk about ways you can set yourself up for success by starting […]

  8. Written by career ideas
    on January 3, 2011 at 9:38 am
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    whao, interesting ideas, great Ben your are great

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