The “Golden Rule” for Emailing Hiring Managers

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The Golden Rule for Emailing Hiring ManagersConsider this the "Golden Rule" for reaching out to hiring managers (whether by email, LinkedIn message, or some other media):

Never ask for a job.

And I don't just mean literally asking for a job. Don't even mention or "hint" that you're looking for a job, or ask him/her if they're hiring.

Here's why:

It's what I call a "high-commitment request".

When you email a hiring manager (effectively) asking for a job, there are really only three ways he or she can respond:


#1: "Sorry. We're not hiring right now. But I'll keep your resume on file, we'll be in touch if something comes up." (Translation: "Welcome to the black hole, where you'll never so much as hear a peep from us ever again.")

#2: "..." -- that's the sound of your email being deleted.

#3: "Yes, we're looking for a new person to join our team. Please send your resume and cover letter to Sarah from HR." (Translation: "Thanks but I don't know you, and I don't yet trust you enough that I can bring you straight in for an interview and bypass the HR process.")

Can you guess which of the three responses is most likely?

Number two -- i.e. no response.

That's what happens 70-85% of the time, when you go straight in and ask a hiring manager for a job. They ignore your email, or simply choose not to respond because they don't know how to respond.

Asking a hiring manager "cold" -- i.e. when they don't know you, don't yet trust you, and haven't yet been given an opportunity to like you -- for a job is like asking a stranger to be your boyfriend.

You need to start off small, with something that requires a very low level of commitment -- like a simple twenty- or thirty-second response.

Would you like some ideas/examples?

Then you might want to invest in Dream Job Formula.

This is just one of the many tools I take you through, and show you how to implement in order to find and apply to "non-advertised" positions via that private job market. Not only do I teach you how to use cold emails, LinkedIn messages, etc. to reach out to hiring managers, I also have some templates and scripts you can use -- ones that I've tested personally.

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Alan Carniol

Alan is the creator of Interview Success Formula, a training program that has helped more than 40,000 job seekers to ace their interviews and land the jobs they deserve. Interviewers love asking curveball questions to weed out job seekers. But the truth is, most of these questions are asking about a few key areas. Learn more about how to outsmart tough interviewers by watching this video.