People tend to do the bare minimum of what’s expected of them. Make a resume. Create a cover letter. Apply online. Go to a networking event. Clean up the drunk prom photos from Facebook. Make a spiffy resume online. Practice mock interviews for 1 hour in your Pajamas.
That’s what everyone does. If you have a strong set of skills that are in demand then the bare minimum might work. But you’re still competing with a lot of people.
There’s a lot more you can do. Here are 28 examples:
10x your LinkedIn
- Download the LinkedIn App and constantly connect with a ton of people while you are commuting or sitting on the toilet. This will increase your 1st and 2nd degree connections, so you are never more than a couple of links away from the hiring manager you want to contact (and can then use the function “ ” and don’t have to pay for inmails). This is called building your network.
- Post articles frequently on LinkedIn, share answers/comments in forums around the industry you’re interested in. Do this daily.
- Invest in a high quality LinkedIn photo.
- Contact hiring managers directly and bypass recruiters.
- Ask for recommendations and endorsements on LinkedIn.
- Generously endorse others and give them recommendations.
- Use Hunter Chrome or another extension to find emails on Linkedin that way you save money on InMails.
- Don’t be afraid to message the CEO, VPs and Directors directly with your resume. When you message 10 people someone will get back to you.
10x your Networking
- Wear red clothes to increase your perceived dominance in the crowd. In one study football players wearing red on the field. It will give you a competitive edge.
- Go the gym before networking so you feel fresh and don’t drink coffee that makes you jittery.
- Reach out to people before the networking event and plan to meet them there, that way you avoid the awkwardness of standing around.
- Prepare conversation topics and questions around current events, industry trends.
- Don’t be afraid to ask for a job.
- Focus on quality, not quantity. Building a deep relationship with 1 person is more valuable than talking to 20 people on a surface level.
- Follow up with an email, share something (always give) and then ask to meet them again — always include an action point. Never send a meaningless follow up like “it was nice meeting.”
10x your Application
- Send a resume in the via post. They can’t ignore you.
- Pick up the phone and call the recruiter, call the company, and don’t rely on emails. People get too many emails nowadays.
- Create a presentation or slide deck with your ideas, strategy, and pitch on how you plan to contribute to the company the first 90 days. They can’t ignore you.
- Have recommendation letters prepared and ready to go.
10x your Interview Skills
- Use story-telling when answering questions. Storytelling can create a between two people, meaning your brain waves are actually in sync.
- Leave your ego at the door.
- Mirror the body language of your interviewer.
- Explain exactly how you are going to make an impact. Impact = save or make the company money.
- Listen more than you speak.
- Prepare 10–15 smart questions. A smart question is one that you can’t Google.
- Don’t be afraid to talk about your weaknesses openly. It shows your humility.
- Quality over quantity. Have 5 relevant examples you’d like to share with them in detail, rather than having 25 surface level responses.
- Send a handwritten thank you note after every person you meet.
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