#36: Austin Belcak – Career Coach and Virtual Career Mastery Summit Founder

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Breaking Into Tech

Austin Belcak didn’t have it all figured out when he picked a Biology major in college and landed his first sales job in the medical field, both of which he didn’t actually like. However, he used them as motivation to push harder and further. By building his knowledge and networking with the right people, Austin has now landed his dream job at Microsoft. Additionally, his brewing desire of becoming an entrepreneur eventually led him to create Cultivated Culture, a platform that allows him to share his job search process with people in need of advice and resources.

Austin is holding a Virtual Career Mastery Summit coming up on April 03-08, 2017, featuring ten speakers (including Ruben, Artur, and Timur) to talk about various topics from helping people get interviews at companies and making transitions, all the way to starting a side business and growing it up to six figures while working full-time.

Sign up here to learn more about Virtual Career Mastery Summit and join this free event.


Years in Tech 2
Grew Up New York
Current Job Sales
Date Recorded 3/16/2017

Show Notes:

[02:33] Austin talks about his college struggles as a Biology major, taking a job in the medical field sales that he hated, and ending up in a really bad place.

[07:33] Two options to choose from when you find yourself in a job you don’t like

[09:40] Austin’s mantra and some interesting surveys about the alarming ratio of people looking for work and why you’re not hearing back from companies when you’re applying  online

[13:33] The advantages of people coming from a nontraditional backgrounds, why you should embrace it, and how you can sell yourself

[17:45] Austin shares some tips and resources when reaching out to strangers and how you can give value back to them.

[30:00] A survey from Wall Street Journal reveals that only 20% of jobs are advertised online or anywhere else (meaning 80% of jobs out there are being filled via word-of-mouth or referral)

[31:40] Tapping into resources like Quora, how Austin defines networking, the best ways to stay top-of-mind, and the importance of building your knowledge and experience

[46:08] Seven questions every single company asks during interview and the three main points that lead you to a good answer

[54:40] Austin shares his job search experience getting offers from tech giants and his thought process behind choosing the company he’s applying to

[57:40] The impetus behind creating Cultivated Culture and more info on the Virtual Career Mastery Summit happening soon!

Contact Info:

Austin Belcak

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/abelcak/

Email: austin@cultivatedculture.com

Medium: https://medium.com/@austin.belcak


Articles & Mentioned Resources:

Learning Resources

LinkedIn Premium
Ugly Email

Personal Projects

Cultivated Culture
Virtual Career Mastery Summit – April 03-08, 2017


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