Applying to companies with no openings?
March 24, 2010 12:04 PM Subscribe
What is the protocol for applying to companies that don't have any job openings listed?
posted by windbox to Work & Money (9 answers total) 37 users marked this as a favorite
Long time listener, first time caller. I'm a recent graduate who seems to be getting one interview for every 15 or 20 positions that I apply to. Hey, not too shabby in this economy. But it's tough looking for open positions online (I use RSS feeds, Google alerts, etc) and I feel like I could really cover more ground by simply applying to companies that I really like, but don't even advertise open positions. But is this a waste of time? I'm only curious because I spend a great deal of time crafting each individual cover letter and resume to the specific job requirements, and want to be putting my energy in the right places.
I see numerous companies that might not have any openings listed, but instead say something like "We're always looking for smart, talented people! Send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org!" Sometimes, it might just even say on their contact page something as minimal as "For careers: email@example.com"
What is the protocol for this? How do I introduce myself in my cover letter when there is no specific position to apply for? I fear that stating a desired position could sound too specific and rule me out while stating that "I am interested in any future entry-level positions" sounds too vague.
Any thoughts? Should I stick to actual job postings only? Are these firstname.lastname@example.org emails even legit, or just a "wastebasket email" so that job-searchers stop bugging everyone else at the company? Are they really always looking for smart talented people? Would love to hear the experience of people who actually worked in HR or have been hiring managers themselves, or people who have had positive/negative experiences with this. Thanks so much.