Job Search Tips and Tricks: The Power of Internet Stalking

Imagine you’re in the middle of your job search. You just did your homework, already having researched the local tech community, you’ve landed on your top five companies. Excited, slightly nervous, and eager with anticipation, you want to learn more. On their website, you are directed to email info [at] company [dot] com. You await their reply, and wait… and wait.

How many times has this happened to you? You send in an email into a the digital abyss, hoping, praying that someone will get back to you. So, how can you get real human interaction in your job search? Rapportive is the answer.

Rapportive is a Gmail plug-in that shows you everything about your contacts within your email. That means you can see which online profiles are linked to a specific email address, including LinkedIn, Github, Twitter, etc. So, why is this important, and how can you use it to your advantage in the job search?

With Rapportive, you can find real email addresses, not just the info [at]. Here’s how:

We’ve all tried the bcc trick before. You know the one where you bcc all different formats of someone’s email, hoping that one of them hits? With Rapportive there’s no need to do that anymore. When someone’s email is active, their online profiles will show in the righthand side of your Gmail (as shown above). If the email is incorrect, you will not see those profiles. All you need to know is someone’s name and what company they work for (try using their Team page or LinkedIn to find that information). Now, try out some different combinations and wait Rapportive to do the work for you. It’s as simple as that!

Connecting with a real human is always preferred. Hopefully, this simple hack will help you interact with more people and increase your odds in the job search! For more tips like this, subscribe to our newsletter.