Do you know the only way to land a job in your dream company? It’s nothing but getting an interview. Although, there are some exceptional rare cases, most of us have been applying through several sites just to get an interview. A chance to get inside the door! And, there are two ways to do that. One, doing everything you can on your own. Two, getting an “In” in your dream company. We all know, most of the times, second one is more effective.
Here’s why getting an “In” is super important:
- You’ve heard the reports. Employers today are leaning more heavily than ever on their own employees to help them find and recruit exceptional talent. Why? Because in many instances, it’s faster, cheaper and, at least in theory, more likely to result in a hire who excels in the job and aligns well with the culture of the hiring company.
- It is impossible for the employers to find YOU in this crowd. Sometimes, a right person may not be able to find a way to get in. Remember, you are one of the thousands waiting to get a shot at the company.
- Worse, you may be rejected, even after getting an interview. Because, you are just another applicant with right skill set. They might find an applicant with right skill set in their NETWORK.
So, now you want to know a simple & efficient route to get into the “in” club of your dream company. Well, we as always give you the productive methods in steps to make you an “in”
Step 1: Use Search Box on LinkedIn
Most of the successful people, never underestimated the power/influence of LinkedIn. It is much more efficient than many of the job searching portals available now, if you took care of it. I mean it. So, take advantage of it! Key the company of interest’s name into the search box and, when the results come up, refine the search by checking the box that only shows you people currently working at that company. If you have a 1st degree connection, you’re in business. Contact your person and ask for an introduction. Here’s how to send an Email to get in.
Step 2: If You Don’t Have a 1st Degree Connection, Try For a 2nd
If you don’t have a 1st degree connection, that’s OK: Your 2nd degree connections can be equally valuable . When you discover that you’ve got a 2nd degree connection to someone working at your dream company, simply contact you shared connection (your 1st degree connection), ask him how well he knows this person, and see if he’d be willing to introduce you.
Here’s how you do that:
First, figure out exactly who you want an intro to, and why. Then, use our email template to make the ask as politely as possible.
Introduction to [target name] for [1-2 words describing purpose]
I hope all is well with you. As you know, I’ve been [context: looking for a new job, raising capital, working in sales at XYZ company]. I noticed that you’re connected to [target name] and was hoping that you could introduce us for [reason] if you feel comfortable doing so.
I’ve included an easy-to-copy blurb below (Ensure the presence of blurb), to provide context, but let me know if there’s any other information I can provide. I appreciate your help!
Step 3: If You Don’t Have a 2nd Degree Connection, Try for a Group Connection
This is a magical way to get in touch with people you’ve not yet met. If you have no 1st or 2nd degree connections, find someone working for the company of interest, preferably someone who appears to work in the same department (would-be peers are excellent choices for this approach). Now, scroll to the bottom of her profile and check out her Groups. If you are already both members of a Group, terrific. If not, join one of the same Groups she’s in.
Why? Because when you share a Group affiliation through LinkedIn, you can contact fellow members directly.
Step 4: Approach Like a Genuine and Sane Person
When you are ready to go, remember to be a human. You can’t get over to the bottom line instantly. Try something like this:
Hi Bobby. Thanks so much for taking the time to chat. I’d really just love to ask a couple of quick questions about your experience working with XYZ Company.
When you both are in the same group, it’s get better:
Hi Raven. You and I are both members of the Geek Austin Group here on LinkedIn. [Writer’s note: That’s a real thing.] I notice that you work for Yoda. I absolutely love Yoda—may I ask you two very quick questions about your experience working there?
In short—approach in a way that doesn’t make the person feel like you’re asking for the moon or any weirdly forward favors. You don’t know this person yet. You need to build rapport.
Step 5: Building you
Your goal in this stage is to continue building rapport and help the person become familiar with you. It’s the chit-chat stage of this process. It isn’t need to long & lengthy. Try to speak about the shared interests, interesting yet relevant subjects to get things going.
Step 6: Go in for the “Ask”
After you’ve achieved a bit of banter, now (and only now) is the time to ask for the “in.” One way to go about this:
Thanks so much, Bobby. It’s been great talking with you. Hey, I noticed that Yodle is looking for a client services manager. Would you happen to know the person I should talk with to get some additional information on this position?
Assuming Bobby knows, you end this conversation and go right to that contact, letting her know you’ve just spoken with Sherri. And, voilà!
You have an “in.” Let us know, once you find an “in” using this!