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FOWA: How to get a job at DIGG

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Uploaded on Jul 3, 2011

Would you like to get a job at Digg? Matt Van Horn wanted to work there, but he wasn't a developer or designer. So how did he get hired?
Van Horn began by pursuing then Digg CEO, Jay Adelson. At first Van Horn was blown off, but he wasn't deterred. He kept pursuing, sending newspaper clippings, and interesting emails.
"I'm going to be the most passionate employee you'll ever had, you need to hire me," Van Horn said at the time to Digg.
Eventually Kevin Rose and Adelson replied, "OK, make a proposal for yourself and we'll think about it."
So he did and they hired him.
So what did Van Horn do that came off more as being a hustler and not a stalker? Van Horn said the biggest factor is you have to add value when you communicate. Don't be fake. Be authentic. Always be thinking, "What value can I add?"
At the Future of Web Apps conference in Las Vegas, Van Horn and I talked about some other networking tips. Here's a quick summary:
• Take advantage of friending people on Facebook. It's a more personal version of LinkedIn.
• Always follow up within 48 hours. Write three-line emails, not essays. Put a lot of information in the subject line.
• If you want to reach someone at a company, simply try to guess their email address as a means to get through to them.
• Most importantly, try. It's the most important thing you can do. You have to show that you're willing to make the effort.

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