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Happy Monday! This week, be smart on your job hunt.

Do more work up front, and it will make your life easier later.

What does this look like? It means instead of hitting ‘quick apply’ on LinkedIn dozens of times, take more time to research one company and prepare something of substantial value to send directly to them.

As they say…. “Hard choices, easy life. Easy choices, hard life.”

Learn more practical steps in the next section.

How to Apply to a Job

If you’re new here, or if you need review, let’s recap how we teaching applying to a job….hint: don’t apply, just email a pitch!

In 5 steps, this post on our blog outlines how to do this.

But what’s a pitch? It’s a quick video you send that’s custom to that company, to make them feel special. In this one from Samantha, she crushes it, for these reasons:

  • Good, specific reasons for why she wants to work with this company.
  • Uses her soft skills page from her pitch deck and makes it very clear how each of these skills translates into real-world, job-relevant activities

P.S. You don’t need to do the full-out slide deck to make a pitch. On our free custom pitch builder, you could just shoot a super simple 40 second video, like this.

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