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Who is the best person to cold-call to get you a job in a company, the direct supervisor or CEO?

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    • dollface
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      I’m considering cold-emailing / cold-calling a few target companies to secure a role, this technique has worked in the past for me. However I’m undecided which is the better target – do I call the direct supervisor of the role I’m targeting (i.e. my future boss if I’m hired), or call the head of the company?

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      • Not all of them are actively looking for someone, so in some cases I may be asking them to either create a role, or keep me in mind when they do look for someone
      • All of my target companies are <100 employees based in Canada or US

      Thoughts on calling direct supervisor:

      • Presumably if he/she gets on board they would be best placed to fight for my hiring.

      Thoughts on calling CEO:

      • If I can convince the CEO presumably it’s a stronger case? However, ultimately I think the direct supervisor will have the final say in most cases.
      • Might be harder to convince and/or get time to make my case.

      Any thoughts at all are welcome!!!

    • mincemeat23
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      CEO is the better contact in smaller companies. Supervisor come and go as well – I’ve had a few setups where halfway through the conversation my potential hiring manager just left.

    • artyeasel
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      I would go for the CEO – they usually pass it on to the right person anyway, but you get the halo of their boss telling them to get it done. Good luck!

    • dollface
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      Thanks – hit a few last week and in the process. Thanks for the input. If there’s anyone who’s had similar experiences would appreciate any tips!

    • hairyfairy
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      In my experience it strongly depends on what industry and firm size. AM teams tend to be smaller, so CEO might be a good bet especially in a small firm, but investment banking teams tend to be larger, in which case an MD might be a better bet. The best place to aim for is one level higher than your direct boss.

    • rutadaniel
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      Just started a job last week where I contacted the CEO for a position, company has 150 employees. It works, but I agree that I can’t see it happening in a mega-huge company.

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