Have your heart set on working or interning at your dream company that does not advertise openings? While this minor setback may be discouraging at first, do not let it end your search. Instead, follow these three steps to get your foot in the door.
Step 1: Research
How big is the company? Who are their biggest competitors? What are some of their most successful projects? Why do you really want to work at this company? What about the company’s work, culture or clients appeal to you? Take some time to learn about the company and then pinpoint the key reasons why this is your dream company. The more specific you are will help you realize your goal and clearly express your interest to current employees during the next two steps.
Step 2: Network
Follow all the company’s social media profiles. Use LinkedIn to follow the company and connect with current employees. Tweet them about current projects they are working on or relevant industry news, favorite their tweets, and comment on the company’s Facebook posts. This will help you increase your visibility and make you memorable. Make sure to attend any public events or conferences where the company may be present and exchange business cards with current employees.
Step 3: Ask
You can ask about job or internship opportunities in one of three ways:
- Social Media: Once you have established rapport with current employees on LinkedIn or other social media sites, ask them how they got their jobs and how you can get a position at the company.
- Email: If it is a mid-small size company, it may be worth it to reach out to current employee via email if its listed on the website. It is critical that you reach out to the right person. Browse the company’s website and do some LinkedIn research to decide on the best person to reach out to. Send a brief email introducing yourself, expressing your interest in the company and inquiring about internships or job opportunities.
- Call: Sometimes an old-fashioned phone call may do the trick. Call the main phone number and ask for the company’s human resources department. If they do not have a human resources department, ask for the head of the department you are interested in working in and inquire about current job or internship openings.
If they are not currently hiring, ask for an informational interview or job-shadowing experience, in which you simply follow that person around on the job and learn what they do day-to-day. You’ll expand your professional connections and set yourself up to be considered for a job if an opportunity opens up down the line!
Do you have any tips for finding a job or internship at a company that doesn’t advertise openings? Share with us in the comments.