How you approach a company not recruiting

It is okay to say that; every employee at some point had a special company they wanted to work for. Somewhere along the road, in a bid to escape the high rate of employment, they settled for “any job with good pay”. Truth be told, in a topic as serious as employment, no one wants to put ‘all your eggs in one basket. You can’t afford to sit around waiting for opportunities to find you. This is why you need to know how you approach a company not recruiting.

Many companies have tweaked the way they hire employees. Some don’t bother putting up recruitment adverts anymore, most rely heavily on referrals.

Career experts estimate that approximately 70% to 80% of job openings are never publicly advertised.

Just because it looks like a company isn’t hiring, doesn’t mean they don’t have vacancies. Many companies still employ through referrals or unsolicited applications, which this article is going to expose you to.

Below are sourced secret on how you approach a company currently not recruiting.

Step 1: Get to know the company

Firstly, in other to secure a position in a company that is currently not hiring, you must have to show interest in that company.

Your next question will be; how do I show interest in a company, right?

Simple, go online; do good research about the company. Learn about the company, its values, mode of operation, policies, read their latest news, signup for their newsletter if they have one. Visit their website, LinkedIn page; read their reviews, press release, and get their email address.

Know so much of them that you will stand out more like their brand ambassador than a regular job seeker.
It is not just about you being drawn to the company, it’s also about the company being drawn to you.

Step 2: Ask Questions

Seek for more answers about the company. If you know someone who works or has worked with them, approach the person, and ask them questions about the company and their mode of operations. Get more familiar with the company.

If you don’t know anyone who works or has worked there before, get on LinkedIn, and search for the company, send a connection request to people you know work for the company.

Step 3: Present yourself as a solution

Find out the challenges or needs of the company with regards to your expertise, or the challenge the industry (that the company belongs to) is facing. Have an idea of the possible solution to such challenges and how your expertise can make a difference.

You can suggest a solution to the company’s issues via mail, and observe their response. Also, if you come across an article that contains information that will be valuable to the company, you can share that with them in a mail. This should be done professionally and you should not go around blasting them with mails. Shoot your shot once, and ensure it is your best shot then wait for their response.

This will help you to stay top of the mind and keep you in the thoughts of the hiring company. So even if there is no position to fill at the moment when a position becomes available, you’ll be the first person they’ll think of.

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Step 4: Send an email to the company

After your research, proceed by sending an email to the company.
Your email could be something like this:

My name is {your name}, I am a recent graduate of {discipline} /or {I am a {your expertise for instance, a web developer}}. I hope this message meets you well.

I recognize that you don’t have any job opening for {job title e.g.: web developer}. Nevertheless, I would like to introduce and explore ways that I can be of value to your team based on an industry challenge {you add what you discovered when you made a research about the company’s need or challenges}.

I would like to propose this solution: {you propose a point from your proposed solution and how you can be of help}. If you have a useful article, you can attach the link to the email}.

I would welcome an opportunity to discuss extensively the solutions I propose and the value I can add to your team.

Kind Regards,
{Your Name}


Even as you present yourself as a solution to the company, be cautious with your approach.

• Don’t be overly forward, though your research has given you some great background information, there is still a lot you don’t know (and you can’t know as an outsider) you want to show that you are well informed, but you don’t want to come off as overconfident or arrogant.

• Don’t offer free work, some career experts will suggest you offer voluntary service to demonstrate your skills, however, this is not generally respected or accepted in the cooperate world. Your portfolio and professional references are enough to demonstrate your abilities.

• You don’t want to come off as too desperate, so mind how you contact them.

Stop waiting for opportunities to get you. Go out and grab them. An email could lead to an interview and change the entire course of your career. The job market is hot, no better time to take a chance than right now!

I hope this was helpful? Is there something you would like to add or any questions you want to ask? Drop your comment in the comment section; we are here to engage you.

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