How to Reverse Engineer Your Job Search for Speed

Researchers at Carnegie-Mellon University and TTG Consultants offer a fresh twist on fast job search in newly published research (2011). 

The Reverse

They say you should look for companies where you already know people, then look for jobs in those companies.

It’s a neat reverse engineering that, according to their research, works.

It’s also consistent with new research published by the Harvard Business Review (2017) that found former colleagues are the best source of new jobs.

The Process

If getting a fast job search matters to you, do this:

  1. Identify places where your former colleagues and LinkedIn connections work.
  2. Find job openings at those firms.
  3. Call or message your connections for advice and referrals.
  4. Follow up with your connections.
  5. Continue to build your network.

Referral Fees

If you’re nervous about reaching out to your connections, don’t be. Many companies offer good referral fees to employees who find new talent for them.

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Updated January 2019

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