How to apply to the company, not the job?
February 12, 2007 7:05 PM Subscribe
What are the best ways to handle applying for jobs after graduation, which is still months away?
I'll be graduating in May with an MBA, and I'm starting to apply for jobs now. The issue I'm facing is that I assume most of the listing I find that appeal will be filled before I am available, and I a) don't want to wait until I'm within 4-6 weeks of graduation so that the timeline matches better and b) don't want to waste people's time by applying for jobs I can't likely fulfill.
But, I'm also applying more to organizations, not positions. That is to say, I've developed in school a target industry (sustainable business practices, particularly with regard to green buildings but generally open) and target departments (marketing and sales development), and so have been filtering out companies who are doing work I want to be involved in, and sending them resumes. I expect more than a few places to end up with letters from me that read "You don't appear to have any open positions, but if you need anything in the range from x to y I believe I can do it, and want to be considered for it." Can you help me phrase cover letters for this situation?
If this has been asked and answered, please let me know. I did search.