Sights Set On A Specific Company? How To Get Your Foot In The Door

Do you have a dream job or company you’d like to work for? While you may be content at your existing employer, there’s always that one company that would be incredible to be a part of. If you have your sights set on a specific company, don’t let it stay a dream. Take steps to get your foot in the door and land a great opportunity.

#1 Research, Research, Research

Research is key to getting your foot in the door. Here are just a few steps you can take to learn everything there is about a company:

  • Set up a Google alert so that every time the company is mentioned online, you receive an email notification.
  • Subscribe to their blog or newsletter.
  • Read publications about your industry. Pay specific attention to articles about your dream company.
  • Find out who their key employees and executives are, and learn more about them.
  • Research the company. Learn what their problems are, what their mission and vision are, and what their corporate culture is like. Read about their challenges and successes.
  • If they’re a public company consider investing. At a minimum, get copies of their most recent annual and quarterly reports so you can research their financial standing.

You may begin to feel a bit like a stalker but all of this information will come in handy. When you meet or connect with people who work for this company, you’ll be able to have an intelligent conversation with them.

#2 Connect

Knowing everything there is to know about a company isn’t enough. You also need to take action on that knowledge.

  • Connect with the company and their key employees on social networking sites.
  • Join organizations that key employees belong to. Meet these individuals and make connections.
  • Attend seminars and webinars in the industry. Introduce yourself to employees of your dream company and exchange business cards. Connect with them on social sites like LinkedIn. Maintain these connections.

#3 Follow Up

Once you’ve fostered a few connections, stay active with them. Of course, it’s important to remember that you don’t want to be a pest. When you’re connecting with employees of your dream company make sure that you’re offering value. You might send them information about news in the industry. If you can be a connector and introduce them to other people who can provide value, which makes you a significant resource. They’ll appreciate you and your knowledge and turn to you when they need information.

Finally, turn those connections into a job search. Ask if there are any available openings at the company. Express your genuine interest in working for them and helping them solve their unique challenges and problems. Position yourself as a valuable resource and someone who can provide benefit, and you’ll have a job at your dream company in no time.

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