How did they ACTUALLY get that job?

My LinkedIn feed tells me when my connections get new jobs. It’s always really exciting to see great people (who I know in real life or who I’ve followed on this platform) get a new opportunity.

A couple of months ago, I started sending messages to these individuals. The message was short and basically said, “As someone who studies and tries to stay current on all things “job search” related, I am curious, how did you land your new role? Surprisingly, 90% of people respond. And often they respond with enthusiasm.

Here are some recent responses:

– It was about 45-60 days of diligently searching. I learned about this new opp from a previous manager. (Property Manager)

– I applied for the job online and attended two interviews. (Finance Manager)

– I found this position via LinkedIn jobs, but I had been working with this recruiter for a while since it was a company I was targeting. Showed up to the interview relaxed and with the mindset not of just finding a better job, but finding people I enjoy, can learn from and value the HR function as an equal business partner. (HR Manager)

– I created a need. To me the entire job searching process is well broken. (CMO)

My takeaway? Your job search needs variety. Don’t just try one method and expect it to work.


  • Sarah Johnston

    I’m a former corporate recruiter and industry “insider” who got tired of seeing talented high-achievers get passed over for opportunities because they did not have the right marketing documents or know how to position themselves in interviews. I have relocated multiple times across the country as a “trailing spouse” and have had to execute job searches in completely cold markets (where I literally knew no one!) I have been named a LinkedIn Top Voice in the career space in 2019, HR Weekly’s Top 100 Most Influential People in HR, named the owner of the “best resume writing firm for experienced executives” by Balance Careers and a “top follow” by JobScan in 2019 and 2020.

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