Monday, April 20, 2009

Break Down The Doors And Get The Job Interview Using Linkedin

In this economy, many of us are struggling with questions like, “How do I find a job?” or “What do I have to do to get an interview?”

Here is a quick story about a college senior who took a sales approach.

After making several attempts to breach the corporate walls of his target company and failing to accomplish his task, he decided to leverage the power of his network. He did a search in Linkedin for the company, discovered someone in the target organization that shared a connection with him, and asked his connection for an introduction. One week later, he’s in a NYC Starbucks for a job interview.

In sales parlance, he got a referral. And that referral allowed him to get in the door, something that he had failed to do on his own.

If you are out there pounding the pavement, wondering how to get into companies that you know could use your stuff, or if you are looking for a way to get a job interview with a company, make Linkedin your first stop. It’s so much easier to be walked in the front door by a trusted referral than by attempting to scale the walls on your own.

Landing A Job Interview, Thanks To Linkedin.


  1. Every applicant should look closely at their resume and make it stand out to be noticed by their prospective employer. To top the competition resume should be adequate and compelling.

    One must focus and move in the right direction. Never let obstacle interfere with job search.

  2. JobSearchNinja

    Appreciate the comment and the insight. I think that having a resume that stands out from all others has been the standard for decades now. However, this economy has really accentuated the necessity to take your resume from a pretty, “show and tell” type document to something that creates a whole new experience for the end user (as in the person reading the resume).

    Debbie Holy of Cynergies Solutions Group and one of my Linkedin associates, just came out with a book entitled “Don’t Interview – Audition”. I haven’t read the book yet, but it appears to follow in line with another book entitled “The Experience Economy: Work Is Theater And Every Business A Stage” by Joseph Pines and James Gilmore.

    I think the message is clear. If you want the job, or the sale, don’t just tell your prospect about yourself or your product, create an attention-getting experience for them or risk getting lost in the noise.