How to Work for Your Dream Company, Even If They Aren't Hiring

by Brian Skory

For several years, a friend of mine had wanted to work in a particular industry, within which were several notable companies. Landing a job at any one of those companies would have been a dream come true for her. The problem was that none of these companies had any open positions posted on their websites.

I advised her to use LinkedIn to track down whoever might be a hiring manager in those company’s departments where she would like to work. Then, I suggested, she craft a succinct message stating:

  1. That it has been her desire for some time now to work in the “xyz” industry for the reason that (fill in the blank, but to make sure to convey her passion for that particular industry).
  2. Note how their company exemplified the things she was passionate about in that industry.
  3. Note some of the value she would bring to this company.
  4. Include a link, in the event of interest, to her on-line career portfolio.

My friend identified potential hiring managers for three companies and sent each a version of the above. Within a week, an HR Manager from one of them contacted her and set up an initial phone interview. The company did not have an open position posted at that time, but she had sufficiently impressed them with her background, her presentation, and most notably her method of contacting them. Shortly thereafter, the HR Manager arranged a phone interview with the hiring manager, who ended up flying her out for a face-to-face interview and shortly after presented her with an offer. She’ll be starting her dream job in about a week.

Don’t be afraid to be daring and creative in your job search. Who knows... you just might land yourself that dream job you’ve been thinking about!

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