I have over 40 employees at my company Sevenly. Of the six companies I've started – I have hired, fired, and interviewed over a hundred people. With Sevenly being such a popular startup, we receive applications literally every single day. But how do you get past the noise and into the career you've always dreamed of?
I believe the world's hiring processes are changing. We've moved from a traditional, “you need a degree in marketing to get a marketing job” mentality to more of a “you need experience or a portfolio to get a job” mentality. Sure a degree is great for some careers, but it's not nearly as critical as it once was.
4 Steps to Landing Your Dream Job
Show them how you'll pay for yourself:
I've only had person walk into an interview with a presentation explaining how she would pay for herself in the first 90 days. Long story short – she now works for Sevenly. CEO's, Directors, and Managers care about a few things: Ability, smarts, culture, and performance. If you have the ability, the smarts, and the culture, which many of us do – all that's left is proving you can generate enough revenue to pay for your salary.
Example: You want a job at Fab.com in their New York City marketing department. They post a job opening for a social media associate, you apply and you're asked to attend an interview. You present them with an in-depth, yet humble analysis of their current social media pages and strategies. With a tone that's curious and confident, not critical – you estimate if Fab would change strategy X and initiate strategy Y it could generate the company an extra $22,000 per month. Then, you ask, “If I could pull this off would you hire me?” If you meet the areas above, the answer will almost always be, yes.
So get out there. Do the math. Make a short compelling presentation. Prove that you're worth your weight.
Be Persistent, Not Annoying:
People email me all the time asking for a job. But few email to tell me how they can make Sevenly better. If you believe you can add value to a company let them know, often. Keep a check-in schedule. Maybe once per month, or every 45 days. But don't overstep, the people you're writing are likely busy. A helpful nudge of how you can offer value, is far greater than an annoying ask every few weeks.
Freelance & Intern Until You're Too Important:
15% of our staff started as freelancers or interns. These types of relationships give the employer a chance to “try before they buy”. It also becomes a time for you to build relationships and prove your value to the organization. If you can create a scenario where it would actually cost the company money or significant time to replace you – you'll likely find yourself hired.
Keep Being Bad Ass:
While you're waiting, get even more awesome. Take classes, internships, attend events, build relationships, read books, and even go work for their competitor. Today's managers are looking less for a degree and more for someone who's been fighting in the trenches.
Where do you want to work? How have you landed your dream job?
Some know me as a serial entrepreneur and Founder of Sevenly and StartupCamp, others know me as the guy who can ride a unicycle and still kickflip on a skateboard. I’m on a mission to inspire people. Will you join me?