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No more spray and pray

The average job hunter sends 150 applications out just to get an interview.

This is freaking ridiculous.

Stop playing a numbers game. Instead, focus on 1-5 companies that interest you. Go deep researching them, DM some of their employees, and send them a custom, tailored pitch or project that proves you love them.

It takes a little more work up front, but it’s worth it.

P.S. We’ll give you advice on how to stand out like this when you book a free 15 minute job hunt consult. We’d love to help.

What to say when pitching free work

Offering to work for free for a week or a month is a great tool to get your foot in the door.

But you want to be clear and specific about what value you will create.

Here’s the exact email Charlie Hoehn sent Tim Ferriss when he pitched him.


Mr. Ferriss-

After visiting your site countless times since May ’07, I’ve come up with a few suggestions that could improve your readers’ experience. Here are two of the things I think you need…

1) A network for your followers: Right now, you have a lot of passionate and devoted readers who comment on your blog. These are people who are likely to spread your ideas. You need a place where….

Quote of the Day

“If you are insecure, guess what? The rest of the world is, too. Do not overestimate the competition and underestimate yourself. You are better than you think.”

―Tim Ferriss