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Sample Text to Warm Up Your Application


On the job hunt? You'll need to get strategic about how you apply!


Your chances of landing a position are higher when you've been referred or someone advocates for you from within the company. So finding an advocate or a referral should be a top priority during your job search.


Here's how...


No Referrals?

There is a high possibility that you'll apply to companies where you won't know anyone. We'll refer to this as a "cold" application.


Once you’ve applied for a position, be sure to “warm-up” your application by reaching out to someone you know who currently works within the company, a past co-worker, family, or friend. It doesn't matter what department this person works in. Don't underestimate the power of relationships! Even if this person works in the Basket Weaving Department, reach out!


Ask For An Intro

It's very possible the person you reach out to can introduce you to someone in the department you're applying to. Upon introduction, let them know that you’ve applied, tell them which department, and ask for feedback specific to the company. You can ask about company culture, the interview process, or even just ask them if they enjoy working for the company.


Old Contacts

If this is a distant contact, someone you haven't spoken to in a very long time, understand that the point of this communication is to learn as much as possible about the company. The better the conversation, the more inside info you're likely to learn. Don't ask for a reference or for them to stick their neck out for you. At this point, you're just gathering information about the company. Depending on the conversation, they may offer to refer you but we want that to be left up to them. Or at the very least, let that be a secondary ask.


No Internal Contacts

If you don’t know anyone who works within the company use LinkedIn to identify who you know or if your connections can introduce you.



Start by visiting the company's page on LinkedIn and click the "People" tab. Scroll down to see profiles associated with the company, starting with a helpful section, "People you may know." You'll see your connections listed or profiles who also know your connections. This is a great way to identify someone within your network who can introduce you to another person associated with your target position.


Who To Connect With

Focus on identifying someone who works closely with the position you’ll be applying for, for example:

- The person who manages the position

- A person who serves on the same team

- Someone who works in the same department


I don't suggest you reach out to the hiring manager. They tend to get bombarded with messages and often have that function turned off.


What to say

Once you've found someone on LinkedIn, reach out! If you're having trouble knowing what to say, here's some sample text to get you started:


“Greetings, I recently applied to the xxx position with xxx company and although we don’t know each other I was hoping you’d be willing to share your opinion about the company, company culture, and/or the application process. I’m excited to learn more about xxx company because "fit" is very important to me. If not, no worries. Enjoy your day!”


By doing this you increase the possibility of organically growing a relationship within the company. It’s ok if they don’t write back. There is no reason to circle back if they don’t respond. It isn’t the worst thing. Our hope is that they see your message, click your LinkedIn profile, and become wildly mesmerized (If your profile is lacking, we need to talk).


They may get distracted and forget to respond. But when your name is brought up during discussions regarding the applicant pool, they will most likely remember you and mention that you reached out with insightful questions, prompting the team to keep you in the running. So not hearing back isn't the worst thing that could happen.


The worst thing is to not reach out at all.

 

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