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The Secret Way To Apply For A Thousand Jobs In Twenty Minutes

The Secret Way To Apply For A Thousand Jobs In Twenty Minutes

The pain of applying for jobs over and again can be unbearable.

How many of us scour LinkedIn, Craigslist, Indeed, and AngelList applying for countless positions? It’s time-consuming, takes a relentless drive, and the uncertainty of hearing anything back puts us under constant stress.

What if all this pain could disappear in just twenty minutes?

I was working and miserable. The worst part: I didn’t have time to apply for jobs. I only sent out a resume or two a week. I was stuck.

I needed a better way. But how can you submit a cover letter and resume to companies without actually doing the work?

Then it hit me: I should let someone else do it for me. Instead of countless hours applying for jobs, I could spend twenty minutes and $100 to submit my resume to a thousand positions. And here’s how you can do it too:

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Outsource a huge list of emails for companies in your niche – I suggest the freelancing sites Elance and Upwork. It’s crucial that you send a clear message to freelancers for what you require of them.

Creating a list of relevant companies is rather easy. For instance, it can be as simple as Googling “top digital marketing companies in the U.S.” On the first page, I found a list of hundreds of digital marketing companies in the U.S. right here.

Now when you post your job request on a freelancing site, make sure to include the link to your list of companies. When you do this, the freelancer will realize that collecting the leads will be easy, so they will charge you less.

When you post the job description, this is the template you should use:

“Hey,

I want to source a list of a thousand leads for [certain type] companies. You will have to use either an Excel file or a Google Spreadsheet. The columns need to be separated by company name, address, email, name and email of the hiring manager, and a recent blog post title. If you can’t find the email or name of the hiring manager, that’s fine. To give you a head-start, I found a list of the companies to collect data from: (list URL) and (list URL #2).”

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Once you receive your list of leads, now the fun begins. If you pick a niche for your job search, you don’t need to change-up your cover letter too much – just company name, company address, and the hiring manager name. Also, the resume you’re sending out doesn’t have to change if you’re applying to a niche.

The first step is to set up a Gmail account that’s separate from your personal one. This will be the account the freelancer uses to send out emails. Make sure the email looks professional and includes your name. So if the normal one you use is johnsmith@gmail.com, your new one might be john_smith@gmail.com.

Now create another job posting on a freelancing site with this template:

“Hey,

I have a list of companies I want to send my resume and cover letter out to. I attached an Excel file (or Google Spreadsheet) with company names, company emails, and hiring manager names and emails, and recent blog post titles. I also attached my resume and cover letter, too. I need you to send out an email using my Gmail account to these companies with my cover letter and resume attached to each one.

Before you send out each email, I need you to change the company name, address, and hiring manager name on the cover letter to match the recipient. If there’s a hiring manager email for the company, then send the message to only that email.

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For the email, you will use this template.

Hi [Hiring manager name, if no name, then change intro to ” To whom this concerns,”],

I’m deeply interested in your company, and I love your recent blog post, [blog post name]. I’m a [your profession], and I’m currently looking to make a career change. Your company is one of my top choices, and I think I can add immediate value.

I have attached my resume and cover letter for your consideration.

Looking forward to speaking with you,

[Name]

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For subject lines, you should use this one: [Position name] – requested job application

Even though the job application was not requested, it’s critical to have the email opened, otherwise you won’t even get a chance.

Once the freelancer accepts the job, send them the login info for your newly created Gmail account so they can start sending out your applications. Also, make sure to check the first ten emails they send out, so you know they’re following the template.

There you have it: a Google search, several templates, and two freelance job postings, and now your resume will go out to a thousand companies.

A little warning: When I used this tactic, I received multiple phone calls every day for two months. On the plus side, I’m employed!

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Last Updated on July 16, 2019

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

7 Powerful Habits To Win In Office Politics

Office politics – a taboo word for some people. It’s a pervasive thing at the workplace.

In its simplest form, workplace politics is simply about the differences between people at work; differences in opinions, conflicts of interests are often manifested as office politics. It all goes down to human communications and relationships.

There is no need to be afraid of office politics. Top performers are those who have mastered the art of winning in office politics. Below are 7 good habits to help you win at the workplace:

1. Be Aware You Have a Choice

The most common reactions to politics at work are either fight or flight. It’s normal human reaction for survival in the wild, back in the prehistoric days when we were still hunter-gatherers.

Sure, the office is a modern jungle, but it takes more than just instinctive reactions to win in office politics. Instinctive fight reactions will only cause more resistance to whatever you are trying to achieve; while instinctive flight reactions only label you as a pushover that people can easily take for granted. Neither options are appealing for healthy career growth.

Winning requires you to consciously choose your reactions to the situation. Recognize that no matter how bad the circumstances, you have a choice in choosing how you feel and react. So how do you choose? This bring us to the next point…

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2. Know What You Are Trying to Achieve

When conflicts happen, it’s very easy to be sucked into tunnel-vision and focus on immediate differences. That’s a self-defeating approach. Chances are, you’ll only invite more resistance by focusing on differences in people’s positions or opinions.

The way to mitigate this without looking like you’re fighting to emerge as a winner in this conflict is to focus on the business objectives. In the light of what’s best for the business, discuss the pros and cons of each option. Eventually, everyone wants the business to be successful; if the business don’t win, then nobody in the organization wins.

It’s much easier for one to eat the humble pie and back off when they realize the chosen approach is best for the business.

By learning to steer the discussion in this direction, you will learn to disengage from petty differences and position yourself as someone who is interested in getting things done. Your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is mature, strategic and can be entrusted with bigger responsibilities.

3. Focus on Your Circle of Influence

At work, there are often issues which we have very little control over. It’s not uncommon to find corporate policies, client demands or boss mandates which affects your personal interests.

Gossiping and complaining are common responses to these events that we cannot control. But think about it, other than that short term emotional outlet, what tangible results do gossiping really accomplish? In most instances, none.

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Instead of feeling victimized and angry about the situation, focus on the things that you can do to influence the situation — your circle of influence. This is a very empowering technique to overcome the feeling of helplessness. It removes the victimized feeling and also allows others to see you as someone who knows how to operate within given constraints.

You may not be able to change or decide on the eventual outcome but, you can walk away knowing that you have done the best within the given circumstances.

Constraints are all around in the workplace; with this approach, your boss will also come to appreciate you as someone who is understanding and positive.

4. Don’t Take Sides

In office politics, it is possible to find yourself stuck in between two power figures who are at odds with each other. You find yourself being thrown around while they try to outwit each other and defend their own position; all at the expense of you getting the job done. You can’t get them to agree on a common decision for a project, and neither of them want to take ownership of issues; they’re too afraid they’ll get stabbed in the back for any mishaps.

In cases like this, focus on the business objectives and don’t take side with either of them – even if you like one better than the other. Place them on a common communication platform and ensure open communications among all parties, so that no one can claim “I didn’t say that”.

By not taking sides, you’ll help to direct conflict resolution in an objective manner. You’ll also build trust with both parties. That’ll help to keep the engagements constructive and focus on business objectives.

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5. Don’t Get Personal

In office politics, you’ll get angry with people. It happens. There will be times when you feel the urge to give that person a piece of your mind and teach him a lesson. Don’t.

People tend to remember moments when they were humiliated or insulted. Even if you win this argument and get to feel really good about it for now, you’ll pay the price later when you need help from this person. What goes around comes around, especially at the workplace.

To win in the office, you’ll want to build a network of allies which you can tap into. The last thing you want during a crisis or an opportunity is to have someone screw you up because they harbor ill-intentions towards you – all because you’d enjoyed a brief moment of emotional outburst at their expense.

Another reason to hold back your temper is your career advancement. Increasingly, organizations are using 360 degree reviews to promote someone. Even if you are a star performer, your boss will have to fight a political uphill battle if other managers or peers see you as someone who is difficult to work with. The last thing you’ll want is to make it difficult for your boss to champion you for a promotion.

6. Seek to Understand, Before Being Understood

The reason people feel unjustified is because they felt misunderstood. Instinctively, we are more interested in getting the others to understand us than to understand them first. Top people managers and business leaders have learned to suppress this urge.

Surprisingly, seeking to understand is a very disarming technique. Once the other party feels that you understand where he/she is coming from, they will feel less defensive and be open to understand you in return. This sets the stage for open communications to arrive at a solution that both parties can accept.

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Trying to arrive at a solution without first having this understanding is very difficult – there’s little trust and too much second-guessing.

7. Think Win-Win

As mentioned upfront, political conflicts happen because of conflicting interests. Perhaps due to our schooling, we are taught that to win, someone else needs to lose. Conversely, we are afraid to let someone else win, because it implies losing for us.

In business and work, that doesn’t have to be the case.

Learn to think in terms of “how can we both win out of this situation?” This requires that you first understand the other party’s perspective and what’s in it for him.

Next, understand what’s in it for you. Strive to seek out a resolution that is acceptable and beneficial to both parties. Doing this will ensure that everyone truly commit to the agreed resolution and will not pay only lip-service to it.

People simply don’t like to lose. You may get away with win-lose tactics once or twice but very soon, you’ll find yourself without allies in the workplace.

Thinking win-win is an enduring strategy that builds allies and help you win in the long term.

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