Here is a Method that Helps Successful IT Graduates Land an IT Job Immediately

Every time new graduates get their shiny new diplomas, they flood the job market.

HR inboxes are saturated with what seems like one unqualified candidate after another, and they go into the office with the drudging task of looking over resumes saying “no, no, no, no, maybe, no, no, no, probably, no, no, no, not sure, no….”

It’s not because they dislike new graduates. It’s because when they put up a new job posting, they’re flooded with applications and can only give a handful over to the direct supervisor who decides who to interview.

As a new graduate, your resume probably won’t stick out from the crowd all that much… or at least not as much as you’d like.

So how can you escape the dreaded HR resume filter? Avoid the traditional job application process altogether! Don’t bother sending your resume and cover letter in via online submission forms. They’ll give your resume the kiss of death faster than any other method.

Smart job seekers who land their dream jobs think and operate outside the box.

We’ve got an out-of-the-box strategy to help you land a job at a super cool, up-and-coming tech company almost immediately upon graduation. (Or even before you graduate, depending on how on top of your game you are.)

1. List Companies You LOVE

As a new graduate, you might not land your dream job right off the bat.

But since external hires are 61% more likely to be fired or dismissed from their jobs, the goal is to list out some companies you’d be more than happy to work for, and places where you could see yourself excelling into your eventual dream job.

If they have your dream position open, that’s great, but not necessary.

2. Find More Great Companies

For more possibilities, you check out the listings on LinkedIn or AngelList, though AngelList is particularly favored towards tech-based start-ups, so make sure to look there.

Not only will you find relevant companies and job listings, but since AngelList hasn’t totally permeated the job search market, it’s users are considered early adapters—an employee trait tech companies are hungry for.

As a bonus, the company profiles often list out their executive staff, which can tell you exactly who you need to contact. (And if they don’t, a little digging on LinkedIn will tell you who to go for.)

3. Keep Track

Make a spreadsheet with 6 columns: company name, business type, open positions, contact name, LinkedIn URL, contact date.

For the time being, fill in company name and the business type column with a few words to remind you what the company does (like game development, medical software, etc.) If they have open positions, fill those in too.

From AngelList or your LinkedIn research, figure out who your immediate supervisor would be in the open position you’re applying for or for a general entry-level position in the same field as your qualifications. If you’re not 100% sure, use your best guess.

Find them on LinkedIn (you may need to upgrade to a Premium account for a month or two) and save their URLs. If you can find their email ID, that’s even better.

4. Get the Attention of Your Immediate Supervisor on LinkedIn

If LinkedIn gives you the green light to go ahead and send someone a message without using one of your InMail credits, then do that.

If not, send them a contact request. Once someone is your contact, you can send them messages for free. Wait a few days to see if they accept the request. If they do, that’s perfect. If not, you can send them an InMail—if they don’t respond, LinkedIn will refund your InMail credits to reach out to someone else.

Here’s what you can say:

Hi [First Name],

Please forgive me if I’m contacting the wrong person. I was researching new employment opportunities and my [LinkedIn/AngelList] research showed me you were an ideal fit. [Explain why]

– OR –

I came across [Company] on [AngelList] the other day and was really impressed with [something cool about their business/technology] because [why you were impressed].

– OR –

I am in the market for a new position and saw that you guys are hiring for [insert position name]. My experience with [experience A, experience B, experience C], and even [insert something impressive you did once, based on their needs].

Would it be OK if I email my resume over to you?


[Your name]

In the worst case scenario, they don’t respond or refer you to someone else.

The magic of this message is that when you get a response, you have their direct permission to email your resume directly into their inbox—totally surpassing all the other piles of resumes waiting on HR’s desk, and it doesn’t matter if you’re less qualified than those people.

It’s also an impressive move.

Even when your supervisor does get a few resumes handed over to them from HR, yours is the one that came to them directly and personally, from someone who wasn’t afraid to take the time to step out and say hello. That means a lot.

It also shows them that you’re tech-savvy, ambitious, and committed enough to do some extra digging online rather than following the well-beaten path everyone else is taking… which is something employers are hungry for.

5. Rinse & Repeat

Even though this method is leaps and bounds more effective for landing an interview than traditional resume submission, you’re still not going to hear back from every single message you send.

Don’t take it personally.

Some people are bad at using LinkedIn, some are too busy for their own good, and some may have already hired or shortlisted for the position you’re reaching out about—none of that is your fault.

For a message that is directly related to your recipient, you could expect anywhere from a 10% to 40% response rate. (Some people even report a 70% response rate.)

As a newbie, don’t get your hopes up too high, just consider that even a 10% response rate is leaps and bounds more effective than the traditional resume submission process where 75% of all candidates don’t even hear from a single company for an entire year.

In one day, you might want to send out as many as five messages, totaling 25-30 connections per week. The more you send out, the quicker you’ll land an interview and job offer(s).

Let Us Help You Land Your Perfect Job

The key here is to keep plugging away at your internet research and LinkedIn messaging until something sticks… and with this strategy, something will stick sooner rather than later.

At LeaderQuest, we help all of our students create strategies to land a great job as soon as possible. Our career assessments and exclusive LinkedIn group give you a personal career strategy to gain skills, get exposure to hiring managers, and expand your network of industry professionals.

To get started, contact us and let us know about your ideal job, and we’ll be back in touch to help you get started.