You have an outstanding resume, a great LinkedIn profile, and your cover letters could have been written by Hemingway. What else do you need?
You need to find out who posted that job on LinkedIn that you’re dreaming about and how to find them so you can reach out and state your interest.
Find Out Who Posted That Job on LinkedIn
To find the right contact, first, you need to determine who your manager would be if you got the job. For instance, if you’re an accountant, you want to find the accounting manager or the controller. If you’re a regional sales manager, you want the area sales director. You get the idea. You’re simply looking for the person who directly manages your potential position.
LinkedIn’s Advanced People Search Tool: Use LinkedIn’s Advanced People Search tool to search the right title within the company you’ve applied to. If that person is one of your first-, second-, or third-degree contacts, you’ll likely find the name of the right manager. If you don’t, use information about other employees to find the person you want to contact. You might find someone with a similar title as one of your connections.
Company Search Tool: You can also use the Company Search tool and see who in your network might work at the company. Message a first-degree connection, if you find one, and ask for help in identifying the right contact. A second-degree connection can facilitate an introduction. In the case of a third-degree connection, send an InMail.
InMail and E-mail: Now, once you’ve found the title and name of the manager you’re looking for, use InMail again to make contact. If the contact doesn’t accept inMail, you may need to get a little bit creative. So, what you can do is try typing the e-mail suffix for the company into a search engine. You’ll almost certainly get an e-mail address for someone who works at the firm. It doesn’t really matter who it is. All you’re really looking for is the format that the company uses for e-mail addresses—here’s an example: firstname.lastname@example.org. Once you have that, send off an e-mail. What’s the worst that could happen? Maybe it bounces. If it does, send an e-mail to whomever you’ve found, and ask if they can provide you with an e-mail address for the person you’re trying to reach.
Using these strategies, you should be able to send a follow-up message. This shows that you’re genuinely interested, and could very well get you—at the least—an interview, and possibly even the job you’ve been looking for.
For more great information on LinkedIn job searching check out this article on what employers see when you apply on LinkedIn.
In the meantime, let’s connect! You can send me a LinkedIn invite here.
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Jessica Hernandez, President, CEO & Founder of Great Resumes Fast
Hi, I’m Jessica. I started this company back in 2008 after more than a decade directing hiring practices at Fortune 500 companies.
What started as a side hustle (before that was even a word!) helping friends of friends with their resumes has now grown into a company that serves hundreds of happy clients a year. But the personal touch? I’ve kept that.
You might have seen me featured as a resume expert in publications like Forbes, Fast Company, and Fortune. And in 2020, I was honored to be named as a LinkedIn Top Voice of the year!
I’m so glad you’re here, and I can’t wait to help you find your next perfect-fit position!
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