How Should I Directly Contact Companies?
One of the most useful techniques for getting a job in a company is by directly contacting them and inquiring about any employment opportunities they may have. This shows that you are a go-getter, someone who is willing to take that extra step to get the job done. Many prospective employers see this as a good thing.
However, one can also be too overzealous in reaching out to companies, which can eliminate your chances at getting a job at that company and potentially damage your reputation elsewhere. How do you know when to draw the line between actively pursuing an opportunity and being an annoying, arrogant self-seeker?
Writers from the database Vault Career Insider recently looked into the dilemma. They wrote an article which highlighted an example of exactly how not to contact a company. The article also discusses what the job seeker should have done to improve his chances at getting his message across. At the end, the author provides some good pointers on the best way to reach out to those companies that you are very interested in. Some of those points included:
- Be humble: Even though you may think that you're the perfect fit for the position, it doesn't mean that you should assume that you will be working at that company.
- Be polite: Don't passive-aggressively ask what is taking so long in the job search process. The more you come off as rude or pushy, the less likely you will be offered a position.
- Be professional: Just as you should dress professionally, you should also contact companies professionally. Keep your emails short and direct without spelling or grammar errors. If you are speaking to someone directly, speak clearly and avoid slang and filler words like "ain't," "shoulda," "like," or "um."