Did you know that as few as 20% of open positions are posted on job boards? This can be an alarming fact for job seekers who apply for work exclusively through job postings found online. So how do you go about landing a job that you don’t know exists, or isn’t currently open? You apply! If you find a company you are interested in working for and see that they do not have any current openings listed that match your skill set, you should still submit a cover letter and resume to that company’s human resources department or to a suitable manager within the organization. That way, when an appropriate position does open up, the hiring manager will hopefully already have you in mind! YouTern.com has provided a helpful template to use when applying for a job that doesn’t exist:
Subject line: <Your Job Title (for instance, “Website Developer”)> Interested in Career Opportunities
<First Name of HR/Recruiter/Hiring Manager> –
My name is ________, and I am a <recent grad from _____ OR your job title and your expertise; for instance, a “web developer who specializes in small business websites.”> I hope you’re doing well.
I realize you do not currently have a job opening listed for a <Your Job Title>; however, I would still like to make introductions and explore ways I can help your team with <your value proposition; for instance, “developing user-focused website projects.”>
I checked out the <company name’s> website and like the projects you are currently developing, in particular:
- <the name of a relevant project with an explanation for why you are interested>
- <the name of a second relevant project with an explanation for why you are interested>
For the past _____ years, I have worked with <your experience so far with examples of past clients; for instance, “various media firms in Houston to create sharp websites for a range of clients. I have completed websites for a veterinary clinic, auto body shop, 24-hour gym, family-owned grocery and a teacher’s supply store.”>
When time allows, please see a few examples of my work here:
- <Link to Example #1 of your work, if available; you can also attach files if it makes more sense>
- <Link to Example #2 OR attached file>
- <Link to Example #3 OR attached file>
Note: If you are a recent grad with limited real-world experience, provide links to college projects, case studies, internship projects or volunteer efforts. Let the person see what you’re all about!
I have attached my resume to the email. Please let me know if I can provide more information.