Is there any word in place of without asking for it in the following example?

If you want to learn how to get a job offer without asking for it, buy this book.

The word spontaneous popped into my mind, but it doesn't seem right because, in the above example, the event isn't really spontaneous as the other party consciously chose to offer the other person a job, without the job-seeker having asked for it first.

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Unsolicited is the closest single-word synonym I could think of; however, it has a drawback when applied to this scenario: it can have the connotation of unwanted. Upon analysis, without asking for it does not fit the intended meaning here either, as it carries the same drawback. The best option is to rephrase:

If you want people to start offering you jobs, buy this book.

If you want to start getting job offers without even applying [for them], buy this book.

Turn the tables on finding employment - get jobs to look for you!

Tired of searching for a job? Let the job find you! [courtesy @ajk]

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    Unsolicited sounds like the closest single word, but you're right about the connotation. It doesn't seem to fit with the asker's purpose. Taglines like 'tired of searching for a job? let the job find you!' are not exactly original, but feel like a closer fit for the asker's intent.
    – ajk
    Commented Aug 31, 2011 at 20:21
  • Without asking for it doesn't fit either. Unsolicited tends to fit wherever without asking for it fits.
    – Daniel
    Commented Aug 31, 2011 at 20:25

You could try snatch:

If you want to learn how to snatch a job offer, buy this book.

I was often told off as a child for snatching, because I should ask first.

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    I feel like this implies you're stealing away the job, possibly from more qualified applicants. At least, it's not very close to the OP's intent at all.
    – Maxpm
    Commented Sep 1, 2011 at 2:20

You could also try using headhunted.

  • Why would you want to learn to get a headhunted job offer? I can't get my head around how you could incorporate this word into the OP's example.
    – Daniel
    Commented Sep 1, 2011 at 18:40

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