Recently a guy posting on Reddit move away from his sales job and said he picked up a FAANG type job by cold emailing 100’s of company contacts asking for the contacts of the hiring person, emailing them resumes and then getting access to interviews.
His response rates were 5% to recruiters, 30-40% to engineers, and 70-80% to company sales staff. He said this approach was much more efficient than applying to open positions because those are swamped, especially these days.
I would like to ask if anyone else has done this and what your response has been? If good I may focus on this method instead of sending out applications through the standard front door approach of Indeed.com/Monster, etc.