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The Extra Mile
When job hunters take our approach of going the extra mile, they see an 80% response rate from hiring managers.
What's the extra mile?
- Researching the company
- Sending follow up emails
- Finding email addresses of employees at the company
- Emailing employees at the company
- Tweeting about why you love the company
- Making a 1 minute video pitch
- Building a short custom project
- Sending a burrito to the CEO
- Not taking "no" for an answer
You don't have to go the extra mile.
But it works.
And it's fun, thrilling, and empowering.
Whatcha gonna do?
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How to Write a Follow Up Email
Hunter.io is where you can find email addresses for the hiring manager or the employees at a company.
They also have a solid article about How to Write a Follow-Up Email.
1. Add value with each follow-up -Instead of "just checking in," give a quick mention of a company's new blog article and why you liked it
2. Make it short -Emails with shorter copy of 95 words outperform emails with longer copy of 170 words
3. Personalize on a high level -Mention a mutual connection, or an interest you saw from their LinkedIn profile
All and all? Be persistent and keep following up every 2-3 days until you get a response. It's not annoying! It shows your interest.
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