Wonsulting’s Definitive Guide to Securing Your Dream Job Without Applying 
Jonathan Javier
Jul 13, 2021
You visit your dream company's career page and find the perfect role. You fit the qualifications for the role and are excited about the opportunity.

You submit your resume and cover letter, hoping that you'll hear positive news or hear back soon. Days go by, even weeks, and you finally receive an inbox notification with the subject line, "Thank you for applying!".

"I might be onto something," You say, trying to be optimistic as you rush to open the email. You know the words in this email can make or break your day. You decide to confront your fears regardless. 

You were not prepared for the moment when you read these words from the email:

"Unfortunately, we decided to go with other candidates..."
Those dreaded words can break a person’s day. Ever felt that way?

Jonathan Javier and Jerry Lee, Co-Founders of Wonsulting, have had their fair share of receiving those emails, and we want to try and help you reduce those in your inbox. They’ve helped thousands land their dream jobs and hope these strategies can help you too. Keep reading to discover insider tips from Wonsulting on how to secure your dream job without applying

Before we deep dive into those tips, let’s break down the average application process.

The Tiers of Job Search Process
We believe that there are 4 tiers in the Job Search process:

Tier 4: Applying to Roles
You simply apply to a role without a referral. We call this a “blind application” because it’s simply a “hope for the best” situation.

Tier 3: Referral
You get referred for the role by someone at the company, but is not on the team that is directly hiring. For example, let’s say you’re going for an Operations Analyst position and a Software Engineer refers you.

Tier 2: Hiring Team Member Recommendation
Someone on the hiring team refers you for the role; for example, let’s say you’re going for a Financial Analyst position at Amazon, specifically for Devices. Someone on the team for Amazon Devices recommends you for the role to the hiring manager.

Tier 1: Hiring Manager Recommendation
The Hiring Manager who is directly responsible for the role recommends you; for example, let’s say you’re going for a Product Manager role at Facebook Messenger. The Head of Product for Facebook Messenger is the Hiring Manager; they recommend you for the position.

So what was the point of breaking down the tiers? Because most people will be in either Tier 3 or 4. Let’s break this down even further and look at it more closely.

Let’s say you’re going for the Business Analyst position at Cisco.

Tier 4: Applying
How many people are applying? Let’s say 1,000+

Tier 3: Referral
How many people are getting referred? Let’s say 200.

Tier 2: Hiring Team Member Recommendation
How many people are getting recommended by a Hiring Team Member? Let’s say 10.

Tier 1: Hiring Manager Recommendation
How many people are getting recommended by a Hiring Manager? Let’s say 2.

Lastly, how many roles are they recruiting for? Let’s say 5.

If you were a recruiter/hiring manager, what would you look at first? Let’s say they choose the 2 from the Hiring Manager recommendation and they choose 2 from the Hiring Team Member recommendations.

That only leaves 1 role left for 1,200 to go for.

The reason why you’re getting rejected is that if you’re in Tier 4 or 3, you’re getting beat out by Tier 1 & 2. If you’re able to get into Tier 1 or 2, that’s when you get a better chance, especially coming from a non-target school or from a non-traditional background.
Now, how do you get into Tier 1 or 2?
Networking
Networking is game-changing, especially with you getting into your career

How do you network?
Here’s exactly what we’d do if we were trying to get into my career.

Reach out to professionals who work at the company that you’re interested in; there are SO many ways to do it, but let’s dive into doing it first with Alumni.

Let’s break it down:
How To Network With Alumni on LinkedIn
Let’s say you’re going for a Marketing Internship and you’ve identified your company as Cisco.
Search “Position” and then filter “Current Company” to “Cisco”. You’ve now identified 3,000+ results of Marketing Interns at Cisco. Now, let’s find those who attend your University. Let’s say that you currently go to Chapman University. You’d then change the “University” to “Chapman University”.
Go to their profile and look at their About Section; the person will USUALLY have something regarding their lives, experiences, etc. You’ll use this information and incorporate it into the personalized invite.

Then check their activity; you should do this to ensure they are actually active on LinkedIn. If they are inactive, you can never build a solid relationship with them because they’ll never see your message.
Now, why do you send a personalized invite?
- Only 1% of people send a personalized invite when networking. So personalizing your invites will help you stand out when connecting to target professionals
- Shows you put the effort into networking with professionals/recruiters as we talk about on our Wonsulting TikTok
 
After they accept your invite, most will NOT reply at first. To turn this around, send a message with the following content:
- Quick Introduction of yourself
- Show interest regarding their story
- Ask how you can both be valuable to each other

Here’s a simple message template you can send:
Hi (Name), hope you’re well! Thanks for connecting with me on LinkedIn, I appreciate connecting with you!

I’m writing to you because I’d love to learn more about your story, specifically (xyz). I’d love to follow in your footsteps & journey; my story is (your story in 1–2 sentences). I’d also love to see how I can provide value/help you in any endeavors/initiatives! Please let me know if you’d be free some time to chat, as I appreciate your time and help in advance.

Thanks and have a great day!


If they say ‘yes’ to a phone call, that’s amazing! The goal of the call is as follows:
- Build rapport: Talk about both of your stories but focus it on them. You want to hear more about their story & journey because you want to follow in their footsteps.
- Ask questions to show your interests in the field/industry: Let’s say we’re going for Marketing at Cisco. One of the day-to-day responsibilities could be “Utilizing Social Media Marketing to grow/scale Cisco’s growth”. Thus, one of the questions can be, “So I know that Social Media Marketing consists of growing and scaling content. Was wondering what you do in your day-to-day and why you decided to pursue a career in marketing?”
- The Ask: If you’re comfortable, you can ask for a recommendation; instead of saying “Give me a referral”, you should ask, “how do I get an interview?”. 

You should do the latter because they can either recommend you to the hiring manager OR give you advice. Either of these is great, especially when you’re just getting your career started!
Conclusion
Networking has been essential in landing roles at companies we’ve always aspired to work in throughout our career. Here are some quick “don’ts,” especially when networking:

- Making it a “one-way” street: Most people will take rather than give; ask the person what you can do for them rather than what they can do for you.
- Always send a personalized invite: we currently have over 10k+ pending invites on LinkedIn because they didn’t send a personalized invite, and we’re running out of connection space. Imagine you being the one person who takes the time to send a personalized invite.
- Don’t treat people as just “professionals/recruiters”: Treat them as human beings; we’re all human at the end of the day and want to not just gain connections but at the end of the day friends.
- Utilize our free tips/resources: We have many tips we talk about on platforms including LinkedIn, Instagram, TikTok, YouTube, and Quora. Give us a follow there and use the advice to land a job in 2021!

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