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Taking a Top Down Approach to Contacting a Company |

Taking a Top Down Approach to Contacting a Company |

EP 1133 Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter encourages you to take a top-down approach to your job search.


Most of the time, you're going out of your way to apply for jobs. I get it. There's a job opening out there and you're trying to talk to people and apply for that job. Here's a different approach; I'm not telling you replace that technique with this one; I want to encourage you to add this 1 to your toolbelt.

What I want to do is start reaching out to people that you want to work for; you can find them on LinkedIn and a host of different ways. Then, correspond with them. To be clear, I'm not telling you to stalk them.

For example, if you are an executive there are things that you've written and done that they relate to something that interests them. Forward that to them. Indicate that you're interested in working for them and for their organization; this is a sample of your work that they might find interesting; Hope to be able to meet them at some point soon. Leave it at that.

Follow-up a day or 2 later, just to confirm that they received it. Maybe you get through. Maybe you don't. The idea that was to correspond with executives about executive roles. Don't just simply apply for jobs. Network your way to these people as well. Kind of box them in/surround them with communications so that they get to know you and know your ideas. Knowing your ideas will go a long way toward getting their attention.

I want to be clear. Nothing works all the time and this will be another example that. If all you're doing is applying for jobs, if all you're doing is circuitous networking or informational interviews, you're missing out on approach with this 1 that will help you pick up some more interviews and perhaps that job that you're looking for.


Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter is a career and leadership coach who worked as a recruiter for what more than 40 years. He is the host of “No BS Job Search Advice Radio,” the #1 podcast in iTunes for job search with more than 1100 episodes,“ Job Search Radio,” “and his newest show, “No BS Coaching Advice” and is a member of The Forbes Coaches Council.

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Jeff Altman, The Big Game Hunter
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