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Write a Prospecting Letter to Stand Out and Get Hired

Harness the power of direct mail.  The first thing you need to do for a prospecting letter is compile your list. Find 5-10 companies you want to work for based on your research.  Compose a letter to your network of contacts asking them if they know of anyone who works at any of the companies on your enclosed list. When a contact does know someone at one of the companies ask him or her to forward your resume to them and let you know how to follow up on the referral.

  • Enclose an extreme makeover resume or a functional one with 3-5 bulleted accomplishments that would be of interest to hiring managers at the companies you target.
  • Send the letter to all your direct contacts first: lawyer, accountant, friends, colleagues, former employers.
  • Send the list to your closest neighbors next and then people that you don’t necessarily know but you’ve always meant to stop by and introduce yourself to.
  • Attach a hand written note to your list and sign your name
  • If you hit a dead-end find out who supplies the company with computer products, stationery or
    any other service and approach them the same way.

Don’t be surprised if someone calls one or two of the companies and tellsthem you are doing research on them… that’s not a bad thing to have happen.

Compliments of David Perry and Kevin Donlin the co-creators of Guerrilla Job Search International Inc.

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About the Author

David Perry --- The Wall Street Journal labeled him the "Rogue Recruiter" because of his unconventional approach to executive search. He's the author of "Guerrilla Marketing for Job Hunters 2.0"., which is David's third book and his second in the guerrilla marketing series. GM4JH captures the best strategies and tactics he's deployed on behalf of his clients to secure talent, and his friends and family to secure jobs. As one career counselor put it - "finding a job doesn't have to be torturous, the book shows you how to get a job even when know ones

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