Job searching tips | Cold calling for a job interview

If you know the sort of companies that you want to work for but cannot find any available work through other means then it is worth contacting these companies directly.

This method will involve compiling a long list of contact details of the right people that work at the companies you wish to approach. Use a spreadsheet or database to organise yourself in this process. This way you will know who you have approached and whose details you already have. Use company websites' to research who to approach. If you cannot find these details then don't be afraid to call their

By placing the contact details in a spreadsheet or database you will also be able to move the details quickly into a mail-merge or mailing list to help speed up the process of producing cover letters.

Although this is not a conventional method of applying for work it is not uncommon. Many companies are constantly on the look out for good candidates but don't have the time or the budget to be constantly advertising.

This method of applying for work is likely to be one of the more time consuming and frustrating ways, however, it is a good method of increasing your chances of working for a firm that you are particularly focused upon.

Although this section is entitled "cold calling" the method of contact does not have to be only by the telephone. It is perfectly acceptable to send a speculative CV and cover letter by post or by email. However, if you do use these alternative methods then it is advisable to call the company a week later to see whether they have received the CV and what thoughts they had. Otherwise your CV may get put to one side and forgotten about.

This is likely to be one of the most frustrating methods of application as you will receive a lot more negative responses. However, don't be disheartened by this, it is not a reflection on your ability. The hard work will be worth it when you get an interview with the company you've always wanted to work for.


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