The 2-Hour Job Search | Steve Dalton

Summary of: The 2-Hour Job Search: Using Technology to Get the Right Job Faster
By: Steve Dalton


In the digital era, the job search has become more complicated than ever. ‘The 2-Hour Job Search’ by Steve Dalton offers a refreshing and efficient approach to land your dream job in the shortest time possible. The book summary outlines a strategy in seven steps that help you create a specific list of potential employers, identify internal advocates, and evaluate your motivation to work for them. By prioritizing and remaining focused on the selected targets, you can channel your efforts effectively, leading to greater success in landing the right job faster.

Job Hunting Online: A Complicated Process

The internet was supposed to make job hunting easier, but it has only complicated the process. Simply applying to job postings online won’t lead to a job, as companies are bombarded with unsuitable applicants. In the past, applicants had to physically deliver their resumes, which meant businesses received far fewer applicants. Now, companies often list openings online as a formality. As a result, applying for jobs online in an unfocused way may lead to long wait periods. However, there are other ways to land your next role in a more measured way.

Finding Your Dream Job: The 7-Step Strategy

In the digital age, job hunting can be overwhelming and demoralizing. The key to making genuine progress is to set limits for yourself. The seven-step strategy outlined here simplifies the process and helps focus your search. Start by making a list of forty potential employers broken down into four sets of ten. The first ten should be your dream employers, followed by organizations that employ people like you, employers found in job websites, and lastly trending companies making waves with their products. Once that’s done, the next step is to find potential advocates at each of them. Don’t let the endless possibility of the internet drain you. Limit yourself, focus your search, and take concrete steps towards your dream job.

Find Internal Advocates

To improve your chances of getting hired, you need to find internal advocates within your list of potential employers. An internal advocate is a current employee who can vouch for you and recommend you to the employer. Without an internal advocate, your application may be lost amid the sea of other applicants. Research has shown that for every person hired through the online application process, twelve were hired through internal referrals. To find internal advocates, focus on the forty potential employers on your list and look for alumni from your school, good friends or family members, or individuals from another affinity group. Use LinkedIn to search for alumni who work at your potential employers as they can be the most valuable kind of advocate. Keep track of your progress by marking your list with a Y or N beside each company. In the next summary parts, we’ll cover the things you need to do before reaching out to anyone.

The Importance of Motivation in Job Search

Determining your level of motivation before applying for a job is crucial as it is the most important factor when ranking your job targets. The key is to have real drive to get you through the slog of networking and job applications. A simple scoring technique of rating each potential employer from 1 to 3 based on your enthusiasm towards them can help determine your level of motivation. This human-comparative rating system should give you a sense of how you feel about each employer and helps in choosing the best-fit employer according to your long-term career goals.

Navigating job websites for your dream employer

The next step after compiling a list of your desired employers and their contacts is to check job listings on platforms like The objective is to identify if any of your preferred employers have current job openings and track down an advocate at the company. While browsing, sticking to your list of forty targets is essential to save time and effort. This process enables you to identify relevant vacancies, semi-relevant vacancies, and employers with no postings. Assigning scores to each employer based on these criteria will help prioritize them. The top-ranked employers should be the primary focus of your job search efforts.

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