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“Hey Noah, how do I get my foot in the door at my dream company?"

“Hey Noah, how do I get my foot in the door at my dream company? I’ve been applying to open positions but not really getting anywhere.”

– Stephanie

Hey Stephanie,

What I’m about to share with you is not my idea. Nor have I ever tried it. But since learning of this concept, I have always told myself that if I ever were in search of a new job, this is exactly how I would do it. It’s an old idea (I first learned of it by reading a book originally published in 1939), and yet I’ve never known anyone to have used the technique. I can guarantee you, though, if I ever was on the receiving end of such an application, I would most certainly call the applicant in for an interview and I’d imagine I’d hire them on the spot.

Here’s what to do:

Go buy yourself a copy of Napoleon Hill’s “How to Sell Your Way Through Life,” turn to Chapter 21 (Your Masterplan for Getting a Position), and proceed to follow the instructions exactly as written. That’s it. If you don’t get an interview as a result, I’ll pay you back the $14 you spent on Amazon.

Napoleon Hill walks you through a detailed self-evaluation of your skills and qualifications and then helps you write a letter to an executive at the company you wish to work for. He even gives you a fill-in-the-blank style template. Couldn’t be easier.

Now, I don’t want to underemphasize the importance of the self-evaluation. In fact, the evaluation itself is worth the price of admission, and it’s a prerequisite to getting the interview. But it’s the offer you make in the letter that will pique the interest of the reader. The offer, that is, to work for your dream company for one month, without compensation.

Crazy, right?

So is not taking your shot in this world.
So is working at a job you hate for less money than you think you deserve.
So is sending your resume to hundreds of openings via job boards, only to be scanned and vetted by computers.
So is wondering “What if?” for the rest of your life.

I hope you’ll buy the book. I hope you’ll seriously consider trying this method. I hope you get the interview. I hope you get the job of your dreams. And, I hope to hear from you again. Please let me know how you do.

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