How to Get Hired by Warren Buffett – Guerrilla Job Search Lesson

Maybe you’ve heard — Warren Buffett has hired his own replacement to manage $100 billion in investments for Berkshire Hathaway.

The new guy is Todd Combs.

How did he get the job? According to The Wall Street Journal:

Mr. Combs was one of hundreds of people who responded to an unconventional “help wanted” request Mr. Buffett made in early 2007. But his initial inquiry didn’t distinguish itself.

How many times has that happened to you? You apply for a job but hear nothing back. Maybe your resume didn’t impress employers the first time, as was apparently the case with Combs.

Good thing he didn’t do what most job seekers do — give up. Instead Combs did what all smart, guerrillas do: He followed up!

Undaunted, the low-key father of three, who lives in Darien, Conn., recently sent another letter to Berkshire Vice Chairman Charles Munger asking for a meeting. Mr. Munger said in an interview that he gets “hundreds” of such requests each year, but “something in his request piqued my interest.”

What, exactly, did Combs write in his follow-up letter that got him a meeting with Buffett’s right-hand man, Charlie Munger?

Unknown. Also, unimportant.

What is important is that Combs was “undaunted” by his initial rejection. Instead, he took the time to follow up with Buffett’s company and “re-apply” for his dream job.

One thing is certain — Combs must have done his research and written a very intelligent, relevant letter to ask for an interview. Because that’s the only sure-fire way to pique the interest of employers … get a meeting with them … then an interview … and a job offer.

Because Todd Combs was a smart Guerrilla Job Hunter, he beat out hundreds of applicants for one of the most-prized jobs on the entire planet.

It’s no exaggeration to say that what he pulled off is like being hired by Thomas Edison to take over Menlo Park. Congratulations, Todd.

How can you be like Todd?

Start by listening to our Free Guerrilla Job Search Audio.

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  2. Jamie Favreau October 27, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I have seen this work in action. I have used it followed by a lot of follow up calls. It did not work but I believe something could change in the near future. Just given the right amount of patience.

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