Ask for the job
The simple fact is that employers will not come to you. You need to go to them. Cold calling or cold canvassing employers means approaching employers directly either by phone or in person and either asking them for work or saying that you are really keen to work for their company in a particular role and if any opportunities come up in the future, that you would love to be the first to be told. Cold calling literally means ringing strangers and asking for work. It’s best that you be well equipped to do this after you’re armed with sound knowledge of the industry or company.
- Familiarise yourself with person who has the power to hire you, ask for their name, keep a record of it and touch base with them in the future – give them a good 6 weeks if no work is available then.
- Practice your opening line, including proving your knowledge of and specific attraction in that company.
- Mention how you can benefit and add value to their company.
Depending on the type of work, your goal in calling the employer should be to make arrangements to go visit them or email off your resume, after which you can then follow up.
At Client Centric Executive Employment Solutions we offer a CV Writing service where we will professionally write you a new and expertly worded resume and covering letter which you can send to the prospective employer after you have made the cold call. This way they will not only be impressed with your initiative and enthusiasm, but will also be attracted to your resume and take the time to read it.
Author: Matthew Coppola
BComm(Econs), GradCert (CE&D)
Careers Advisor, Employment Specialist & Resume Writing Expert. With over 7 years’ experience in Recruitment, Employment Services and Corporate Training, Matthew has developed a wealth of knowledge and experience in resume writing, interview skills, job searching strategies, selection criteria writing and career planning. His approach to resume writing is to actually sell the individual, shine a light on their best qualities and powerfully market them to prospective employers. Matthew holds a Graduate Certificate in Career Education and Development and a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Economics.