If you are spending far too much time sorting through and responding to dead-end online job postings or replying to recruiter inquiries for ho-hum lateral positions, follow this five-step strategy to proactively pursue the job you really want:

  • Develop a list of the companies you most admire and would like to work for.
  • Search LinkedIn for the names of the top-level HR and departmental VPs.
  • Actively follow them on LinkedIn and other social media platforms. Make short relevant comments to their posts.
  • Reach out directly to communicate your admiration of the company and give a specific reason why.
  • Finally, reach out again to inquire about opportunities now and in the future. Include a brief (2-3 sentences) description of your capabilities and what you could bring to the table.