I have over 40 employees at my company Sevenly. Of the six companies I’ve started – I have hired, fired, and interviewed over a hundred people. With Sevenly being such a popular startup, we receive applications literally every single day. But how do you get past the noise and into the career you’ve always dreamed of?
I believe the world’s hiring processes are changing. We’ve moved from a traditional, “you need a degree in marketing to get a marketing job” mentality to more of a “you need experience or a portfolio to get a job” mentality. Sure a degree is great for some careers, but it’s not nearly as critical as it once was.
4 Steps to Landing Your Dream Job
- Show them how you’ll pay for yourself: I’ve only had person walk into an interview with a presentation explaining how she would pay for herself in the first 90 days. Long story short – she now works for Sevenly. CEO’s, Directors, and Managers care about a few things: Ability, smarts, culture, and performance. If you have the ability, the smarts, and the culture, which many of us do – all that’s left is proving you can generate enough revenue to pay for your salary.
Example: You want a job at Fab.com in their New York City marketing department. They post a job opening for a social media associate, you apply and you’re asked to attend an interview. You present them with an in-depth, yet humble analysis of their current social media pages and strategies. With a tone that’s curious and confident, not critical – you estimate if Fab would change strategy X and initiate strategy Y it could generate the company an extra $22,000 per month. Then, you ask, “If I could pull this off would you hire me?” If you meet the areas above, the answer will almost always be, yes.
So get out there. Do the math. Make a short compelling presentation. Prove that you’re worth your weight.
- Be Persistent, Not Annoying: People email me all the time asking for a job. But few email to tell me how they can make Sevenly better. If you believe you can add value to a company let them know, often. Keep a check-in schedule. Maybe once per month, or every 45 days. But don’t overstep, the people you’re writing are likely busy. A helpful nudge of how you can offer value, is far greater than an annoying ask every few weeks.
- Freelance & Intern Until You’re Too Important: 15% of our staff started as freelancers or interns. These types of relationships give the employer a chance to “try before they buy”. It also becomes a time for you to build relationships and prove your value to the organization. If you can create a scenario where it would actually cost the company money or significant time to replace you – you’ll likely find yourself hired.
- Keep Being Bad Ass: While you’re waiting, get even more awesome. Take classes, internships, attend events, build relationships, read books, and even go work for their competitor. Today’s managers are looking less for a degree and more for someone who’s been fighting in the trenches.
Where do you want to work? How have you landed your dream job? Let me know in the comments below.
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