- Start at the top of your Target Company list and do a LinkedIn search for every company on your target list. Click on the list of all of that company's employees. Look first for people that you know (1st and 2nd-degree connections). If you have no connections, look for recruiters next, and then hiring managers (in the department you'd likely be working in).
- Once you've identified someone to potentially contact, look at their profile to see if their direct email or phone no. is available. With recruiters, this is fairly common. Then, add their name and contact information to your Target Company list or job search spreadsheet. (NOTE: You should be tracking all of your job search activity.)
- Contact them! If you don't have their direct info, then use the LinkedIn InMail feature. Send them a connection request with a brief note introducing yourself and why you want to connect. Your goal is not to ask for a job but to just start a conversation and hopefully add them as a connection. You want to find out more about the company that they work at and keep it informal. Once you are in engaged in conversation, then you can mention that you are actively looking and start discussing what openings they may have.
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