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How to Actually Get Hired

by Dru Wynings. Average Reading Time: about a minute.

Derek Sivers posted his thoughts and advice today on how to get hired. If you haven’t had a chance, take a minute to read his post.

Sivers definitely provides some good advice, but there’s a few things here and there that would benefit from some clarification.

To briefly sum up his advice:

  1. Choose one company and focus all of your efforts on it.
  2. Engage many different people in the company, and make it clear you want to work there.
  3. Persistent and varied contact until they hire you

Be Aware of What Motivates You

What are you hoping to get from a job? Are you just in it for the money? Do you need to work on interesting and challenging problems? What type of company culture will you thrive in?

You must answer those questions to know what company will be the right fit for you.

Be an Expert

Focus on building your reputation as a thought leader in your niche. This is something that you should be doing whether you are looking to be hired or not. It takes time and effort, but it is as simple as starting a blog and demonstrating your knowledge of the industry. Give people the chance to know who you are and what you believe without an interview even being necessary.

Show Off

Demonstrate your knowledge and skills in a context that they understand: their company. Tell them why their product sucks, fix it, make it better, and show them you’re passionate about the problems they’re trying to solve. Doing this will produce results much better than persistently contacting them—you retain all of the power when it comes to negotiations. You’re confident in what you can do, and you’ve already proven yourself.

What techniques have you found to be effective for landing your dream job?