• Neil

The #1 Mistake Job Seekers Make

Updated: Aug 4

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Stop shopping for jobs. Image by Ricardo Resende via Unsplash.


85% of jobs are filled through networking (Hubspot). Instead of spending hours browsing and clicking, spend that same amount of time showing up for events and cultivating your network.

Step by Step

  1. Find a Marquee Event for your target company or target industry. Go there and get curious.

  2. Join a LinkedIn Live session or watch a replay. Ask a follow up question to the presenter and start a conversation.

  3. Find connections at your target company. Make a genuine approach and request a coffee chat today. Don't feel embarrassed that you want to learn from them! :)

  4. Ask for an intro to someone on your target team. Ask about the biggest challenge and biggest opportunity for their role & team.

  5. Ask them to intro you with the hiring manager for an informational chat. Use your notes from the team member conversation to develop your agenda and talking points with the hiring manager.

Pro tip: Use our Achievements Map to organize your self-presentation before you reach out. You'll know exactly which points to lead with and have your data points top of mind. It's much easier to network when you know your Reasons to Believe!

What's going on?

I've been been speaking with clients and browsing r/Sales to explore where we get stuck in our job search.

Unfortunately, getting a great job is not like ordering shampoo on Amazon. You don't browse, add to cart, and check out.

When you cold apply for roles, no one is looking out for YOUR resume and chasing this up on the other side.

Only 2% of cold applications go anywhere.
85% of jobs are filled through networking.

Ask yourself: how many hours did you spend this week 'Amazon shopping' for your next job?

Quite a few, right?