Sunday 10 March 2013

Making Speculative Approaches

In a speculative job application, remember to be short and to the point. Be clear about the purpose – what do you want? Whilst the purpose of your approach maybe to get a job – you should not specifically ask for the job at this stage.
You are ONLY asking for an opportunity to discuss possibilities.
Remember – this is unsolicited and therefore, the recipient must not be discouraged from reading the letter because it is too long. That being said, when sending such a letter or note, ensure you know the name and position of the person who should receive it. Who are you looking to target? Who are you looking to speak with or even meet at some later date?
Making your Approach: 
  1. Make a list of the organisations, businesses or companies you are going to target.
  2. Pick your first choice organisation or maybe, the order of the list and how / when you intend to roll down through the list.
  3. Research the following questions … why do I want to join them? How could they use my skills? Who should I contact? Who can tell me more about this organisation? Do I want to work there?
  4. Decide who you are going to contact and write to them (enclosing a CV).
  5. Follow up the letter with a phone call after 7 – 10 days.
  6. Call again after a suitable time to see if the situation has changed following your initial contact. 

Try it. What have you got to lose?

Other than the cost of some research time, paper, printer ink and a few stamps – nothing.
Let me know how you get on.

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