Getting jobs on LinkedIn the right way!

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Finding jobs on LinkedIn might feel a lot overwhelming, but trust me it’s not! 😃 It just requires scalable creativity and persistence 🏃
I’ll go ahead and talk about hacks that you could use to get noticed by a recruiter and finally get replies from them ❤️
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Get your first reply from Recruiters 💬

1️⃣ Structured Reach-out 👩‍💻

You must have heard a lot of people saying “Hey, I reach out to recruiters but they don’t get back to me. What do I do?”. 😭 After reaching out to more than 500 recruiters and getting no-reply zoned by more than 450 folks, I learned a few hacks on the go which helped me land my dream internships and jobs. And here I am - Sharing all these hacks with you.
 
In this journey, I learned how to be a sassy minion on LinkedIn. 🤣 I’m sure you wanna be one? 😉
 
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First Things First 💯

One of the mistakes I did initially while reaching out to folks on LinkedIn was to reach out to them in an ad-hoc manner. I didn’t plan out which companies or recruiters to reach out to, which is why I didn’t get many positive results. 😞
 
This is when I started structuring and documenting my reach-out. In hindsight, I believe that’s the best decision I took. You’d easily see a high overview of where you are with respect to getting that first reply and be ahead of your reach-out game.
 
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Wondering how I did it? Here’s the template. 🥁
 
📄 LinkedIn Reach-out
Company
CTC
Role
POC
Stage
Status
Confidential
Founder's Office
Laxman Papineni
Signed ❤️
Accepted ✅
Confidential
Sales Development Reprsentative
Kalyan Varma
Signed ❤️
Accepted ✅
18L ( 9L base + 9L stocks )
Data Analyst
Campus Placement
Offer Letter 🤝
Declined Offer 👎
21k stipend
Sales and Marketing Intern
Signed ❤️
Accepted ✅
5k Stipend
Founder's Office
Referred 😇
Accepted ✅
21L
Account Executive
Interview 1 💪
Rejected 😭
14L
Account Executive
Interview 2 💻
Declined Offer 👎
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Senior Sales Manager
Messaged POC 🤞
No Roles Available 😐
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Customer Success Manager
Find POC 🔍
Not Started 🔘
-
Find POC 🔍
Not Started 🔘
-
Founder's Office
Find POC 🔍
Not Started 🔘

🧐 How to use the table?

 
  • Company column is where you list down your potential companies to apply
  • Role is to highlight for what job roles the company is hiring currently that match your career path.
  • CTC - is to keep track of the total compensation offered by the company, in case you land multiple offers and wish to compare them.
  • Stage has several items you can select from (and you can add more to it), it describes the stage of your current application. The options are present in a linear fashion from the earlier stage at the top to the last stage at the bottom.
  • Status column is to summarise the final result of the application.
  • POC = Person of Contact - You can keep track of all the people in linear order you get to know inside the company. First Person of Contact is the person you approach foremost in a company.

2️⃣ Build the perfect resume.

 
Let’s get down to business - What are the hiring managers looking in your resume? 🤔
  • 🛣️ What did you do?
  • ⁉️ Why did you do it?
  • 📈 And what was the result?
If you can answer all three of these questions in your resume bullet points, you’re going to be on the right track.
 
💡Pro-Tip Clear, easy-to-understand language is key. The truth is that most resumes make no sense. They are stuffed with jargon, they are too technical, and they are filled with redundancies. Try to read a resume that isn’t yours and you will quickly realize that it feels like an alien wrote it Put yourself in the shoes of a recruiter who has no idea how your role works—how can you make your resume accessible to them?

How do I go ahead and make the bullet points? The most extensive framework you’ll ever see 😮

 
So what makes an effective resume bullet point? Well, the key is that each bullet point needs to demonstrate impact and highlight your experience in an effective way. To make it easy for you, here's a specific framework you can use as a checklist when writing each of your bullet points:
 
  • Start your bullet point with a strong Action Verb (e.g. Created, Managed, Spearheaded, etc). Want to know more about which verbs to use in your resume to get better attention? Here’s an extensive page on
    Most Effective Action Verbs to Use On Your Resume
    Most Effective Action Verbs to Use On Your Resume
  • Accomplishments, not responsibilities. Remember, your bullet points should always tell the recruiter or hiring manager what you accomplished, and not what you do on a day-to-day basis.
    • If you find yourself starting your bullet point with 'Responsible for', you're likely writing about your responsibilities and not your accomplishments.
    • Avoid using weak verbs like 'Assisted' or 'Helped'. These verbs don't clearly communicate your role in your achievement and aren't specific enough in telling recruiters what you actually did. If you 'assisted' with something, you could have for example led the project or just participated in meetings. Of course, the latter is far less impactful.
    • Similarly, if you use the present tense, there's a pretty good chance you've just listed a responsibility - it's hard for something you have accomplished to be written in the present tense (e.g. use 'Managed', not 'Manage' nor 'Managing').
  • Quantify your impact using numbers and metrics. Did your achievement save time for your team? Increase revenue? While you might not be able to do this for every bullet point, do it where you can.
  • Don't use fillers (e.g. 'various', 'multiple'). Instead, be specific by using numbers (e.g. Don't say you 'implemented features'. Instead, say you 'implemented 10+ features').
  • Remove personal pronouns (e.g. I, my, their). It is understood that your resume is written about you and your experiences, and personal pronouns just take up space and increase wordiness.
  • 1-2 lines long. Short, succinct bullet points are key to your resume's readability. Blobs of text, that is bullets or paragraphs that are three lines or longer, are likely to not be read.
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      💡Let’s compile everything. Here’s what it should look like.
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💻 Applying for a big company? Learn how to pass the ATS

 
Applicant Tracking Systems are automated programs that scan resumes for specific keywords and filter out any that don’t meet their criteria. But even the ATS isn’t perfect — in fact, most hiring managers admit that some qualified candidates are probably being filtered out.
 
Understand how the ATS works
Understand how the ATS works
 
Scan your resume on this link - https://resumeworded.com/resume-scanner
Scan your resume on this link - https://resumeworded.com/resume-scanner
Here’s a quick read for you to go through each and every step to be taken care of when applying to big companies that use ATS -
What You Need To Know About beating Applicant Tracking Systems
What You Need To Know About beating Applicant Tracking Systems

🥇 Have you prepared just one resume? It’s time to up your game

 
A lot of people that I have met prepare one resume and share it with hundreds of recruiters without even looking at the job description they’d be applying in. 👎 
 
Quantity vs Quality reach out
Quantity vs Quality reach out
If you’re applying for your “dream companies” - blast sharing your resume with recruiters wouldn’t work. You should definitely dedicate at least 30 minutes to go through each Job Description, pick the keywords and make changes to your resume. This will put you ahead of at least 70% of the applicants.
 
Here’s a step-by-step explanation of how you can go about it 🪜
 
  • Go through the heading of the job description and try to change the headings of your previous job/internship experiences so that it brings depth to your experiences. Make sure the headings don’t change the majority of things you’ve done at your previous employment.
  • Go through the job description of the position you want to apply for - Pickup keywords from the roles and responsibilities and edit them in your previous experiences. This validates the recruiter that you’ve had similar experiences as the position that you’re applying for. Make sure you don’t edit a lot of keywords that the whole experience changes 🙂
  • Make quick edits to your resume and share it with the recruiter.

🚧 Resources to hack the process of making a resume

 
There are a lot of resources on the internet that share resume templates that can be edited on the go. Having no idea about how to design a resume, how to go about fonts - I compiled resources that would help me stay ahead of this game.
 
These templates have a good amalgamation of good design, fonts, and creative ideas. These resumes are easily editable as well. https://www.canva.com/resumes/templates/
These templates have a good amalgamation of good design, fonts, and creative ideas. These resumes are easily editable as well. https://www.canva.com/resumes/templates/
Wanting to know how simple resumes do a good job of passing the ATS - Feel free to download it from https://resumeworded.com/resume-templates
Wanting to know how simple resumes do a good job of passing the ATS - Feel free to download it from https://resumeworded.com/resume-templates
Simple drag and drop website for building your perfect resume.

The most comprehensive reach-out plan you’ll ever come across 🛣️

After applying to more than 500 startups in the last 4 years, I have come up with a step-by-step plan on how to plan to nail reaching out to the recruiters and get your offer letter ( For sure 😉 ). I’ll go talking about all the challenges that people face while applying for jobs.
 

Challenge 1: Finding the right POC ( Point of Contact ) 🔍

It’s always a great practice to apply directly through LinkedIn jobs. But is that enough? Of course not 🙅‍♂️ It’s always good to name drop your application to the concerned person to increase your chances to land your first interview. And the best part? You can also land a referral in this process.
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Challenge 2:- First touch with the POC 💬

When you have found the perfect POC for the company you want to apply to, it’s very important to reach them with the right messaging. ✉️ We need to make sure that our messaging is different than the other thousands of people reaching out to the same POC, for them to notice and acknowledge you.
 
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💡Tip: Always connect with folks that you want to establish a connection using ‘Add Note’ - People love when someone puts effort to add the agenda of why you would like to connect with them. It’s simple - If you want their 10 mins of time to get back, you need to put the same time to know about them 🙂
We have 300 words to talk about the agenda of why we are reaching out to the person. It should be as crisp as possible.
We have 300 words to talk about the agenda of why we are reaching out to the person. It should be as crisp as possible.
Recruiter
 
Hi {{Name}},
I went through the website of {{company.name}} and came across an opening for {{job.title}} and I was interested in applying for the same.
Would love to connect and keep in touch with you regarding this.
P.S. It’s great to see how you’ve been building this rocketship. {{Add some research}}
 
Founder
 
Hi {{Name}},
Just wanted to take some time out and congratulate you on building a great product. I absolutely loved {{ add some research }}
And hey, I was also interested in applying {{job.title}} at {{company.name}}. Would love to work with a growing team at {{company.name}}
 
Referral
 
Hi {{Name}}, {{Find a common link between you both - attended the same college/have similar skills, etc... }}. I came across the {{job.title}} at {{company.name}} and am interested in applying. Would you be open to referring me to the hiring team so they know about my interest in this role? Looking forward to hearing from you.
 
These templates have more than 90% connection accept rates - so you’re good to go 🙂

Challenge 3:- Follow up with the POC 🏃 | 4 touchpoint method on LinkedIn to get every POC reply to you.

Once they have accepted your connection request and haven’t been getting back to you - Go ahead and use the 4 touchpoint method on LinkedIn to get a reply from them 😀
4 touchpoint method to get replies from POCs
4 touchpoint method to get replies from POCs

Step 1:- Follow up after the POC accepts your connection request.

Follow up message | You have applied on the job portal, but you want to be on top of the Founder/Recruiter | No immediate action required
 
Hey {{Name}}
Thanks for accepting my connecting request - I’ve gone ahead and applied for {{job.title}} at {{company.name}} from the website.
I’m more than excited to get things started and work closely with you soon.
Again, Great work on building an amazing team ❤️
 
Follow up message | Referral didn’t get back to you after accepting the connection request
 
Hey {{Name}},
Thanks for accepting my connection request - I’m looking forward to hearing from you if you can refer me to {{job.title}} at {{company.name}}. I’m more than excited to get things started and work with a great time.
And hey, I went through your LinkedIn profile and loved your journey {{ Add some research points }} - Looking forward to learning from you as well 🙂
 
Follow up message | You have applied on the job portal but no one has gotten back to you for the 1 week
 
Hey {{Name}}
It’s been a week since I applied for the position of {{job.title}} at {{company.name}} from the website. I haven’t heard back from the team about my candidature - Would love to get an update soon.
I’m more than excited to work with the amazing team soon 🙂 Thanks

Step 2:- It’s time to up your GIF game

If you are still waiting for an update on your candidature ( either for a referral or waiting on the recruiter to get back to you ) - feel free to share a GIF to lighten things up. Don’t worry - It wouldn’t sound unprofessional. A good laugh is always appreciated. 😀
 
Go to the GIF section on the chat → Type in ‘awkward’ → There you are, send it to the POC, and give them a good laugh while you’re following up with them.
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These GIFs have worked well for me and I’m sure they’ll work for you as well - Here are some examples of where it has worked for me. 🙂
 
It had been 2 days since Morgan wasn’t replying to me and I sent him a GIF - We spoke about the next steps and got things started.
It had been 2 days since Morgan wasn’t replying to me and I sent him a GIF - We spoke about the next steps and got things started.
 
We broke the barrier by sending GIFs to each other.
We broke the barrier by sending GIFs to each other.
Ding wasn’t replying to me for at least a week and I sent him a GIF as a reminder - Boom, he sent me his calendar link and we started talking about the next steps 🙂
Ding wasn’t replying to me for at least a week and I sent him a GIF as a reminder - Boom, he sent me his calendar link and we started talking about the next steps 🙂
 

Step 3:- Tell them that you exist

Spend some time on their LinkedIn profile and start engaging with their posts - Like/Comment on their posts to tell them that you exist. This will eventually help them to notice you and finally reply to your follow-ups 🙂
 
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Step 4:- Last follow up the message until you break up 💔
It’s been quite some time since the POC hasn’t gotten back to you - This doesn’t happen a lot but if it does - remind them one last time that you’ve enjoyed being in touch with them 🙂
 
Hey {{Name}},
I’ve enjoyed reading your posts and articles on how you’ve built a great team at {{company.name}}. I would love to hear from you {{talk about your agenda}}.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
 
Step 5:- It’s time to break up 🙂
Since the POC hasn’t replied to you, it’s clear that he/she is not the best person to contact regarding your agenda. It’s time to stop reaching out to the POC and move on.
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Find a different POC and repeat the same process all over again. Trust me, it’s worth it ❤️

Put your reach-out on steroids | 💉 | Advanced

Using Drip Campaigns to the fullest 💯

What are drip campaigns? 💧
Create personalized campaigns with automatic follow-ups to finally get a reply from your Target Audience. 👨‍👨‍👧‍👦
These campaigns are generally used by companies to set up email campaigns for their prospects, but wouldn’t it be fun if you can use them to get your next dream job? 🎉
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Do Drip Campaigns really work? 🤔
Drip campaigns can generate 50 percent more opportunities through steady communication with your target audience.
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What are the things required to build your first drip campaign? 🥇
We’ll go ahead and decode each and every point to make it easier for you to start your first drip campaign. 💫
  1. Make the right list of dream companies that you want to get into.
  1. Finding the right people in these dream companies.
  1. Preparing the right messaging for the people you want to reach out.
  1. Finding the right tool for drip campaigns.
  1. What are you waiting for? Hit and Send 😉

Using LinkedIn automation tools to the fullest 💯

 
Coming soon......

Pages linked to the ebook.

Most Effective Action Verbs to Use On Your Resume
Most Effective Action Verbs to Use On Your Resume
What You Need To Know About beating Applicant Tracking Systems
What You Need To Know About beating Applicant Tracking Systems