Frickin’ follow through. After spending weeks preparing a resume, portfolio, and finding a gig they actually want, 9 out of 10 people apply for the job and then forget about it.
We’ve had tons of people apply for jobs at The Hustle, but there’s one move that significantly increases the chances of getting an interview:
Sending an email after applying.
Here’s what you should do immediately after applying for a job:
- Find the hiring manager’s email: In fact, also find the most senior person in the department. Go to LinkedIn and use Hunter (or any other email finding tool).
- Send a thoughtful email: Tell the hiring manager that you’ve applied and why you love the company and should be given an interview. Explain to the highest person you can find that you admire what they’ve helped create and how you can contribute. People talk. You’ll not only make a good impression, but they’ll mention your email at lunch or forward it around.
- Follow up until you get a response: You can send a shocking number of follow-up emails without being annoying.
Follow up to 5 times within 4 weeks until you get a response. Explain why you’re applying and check to see if the role is still available. Even if they do say no, follow up in a couple of months.
Sam — CEO of The Hustle
PS: Have any other tricks for landing a hard to land gig? Tell me in the comments.