You've created a list of the top companies you want to work for.
Now's the time to reach out to employees who work there and get your foot in the door of your dream company!
Why Reach Out?
The average corporate job opening receives roughly 250 applications!
If you want to stand out in a sea of applicants, you must make yourself visible.
Regardless if a job is posted or not, contacting employees at your dream companies is a great way to build relationships.
1st Degree Connections
If you know them well enough, you can be direct with your request right off the bat.
Be clear and state why you're interested in working for the company.
I'm interested in working for Amazon because I'm all about boosting productivity. Given that you've worked there for 3 years, what recommendations or advice do you have on how to best stand out as an applicant?
2nd Degree Connections
Write 1-2 brief paragraphs that will make your connector forward your message right away!
1st paragraph: Share why you want to work for that company specifically.
2nd paragraph: Briefly explain your background and how you want to add value to the company.
Need help? See this email template.
LinkedIn is the best way to identify who to cold message.
As you look through the company's employee list, look for things you have in common with them, such as:
Attended the same school/college
Grew up in the same city
Volunteer(ed) for the same causes
Joined similar LinkedIn group(s)
Jot down these common points between you to help write your outreach message.
How To Compose A Cold Outreach Message
Hi [insert name],
Introduce yourself and how you found them [LinkedIn profile, portfolio, news article, etc.]. [Mention a common interest to build rapport].
Briefly share why you're reaching out and what you want to learnfrom them based on their experience with the company.
Ask if they would meet with you and/or answer a few questions you have (either via email, phone, or a 15-minute video chat). Tip: If they agree to a video chat, create a Calendly link to reduce back and forth scheduling.
Quiz: How Can This Message Be Improved?
Read the following outreach message and choose the correct answer below.
My name is Cherry Arias. I'm interested in working at your company and wanted to connect with you about potential opportunities.
I'm a recent engineering grad from UC Irvine and have experience in logistics, manufacturing, and operations.
I'm wondering if you would have 15 minutes to speak with me. My schedule is very flexible. I look forward to connecting!
What could Cherry have done differently (select all that apply)?
While it can feel intimidating to contact an employee at your dream company, it's 100% worth the effort!
Your next steps:
Who is someone you could connect with about a job you want?
Once you've identified that person, put these steps to action!
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