The speculative job application

So there’s a company out there who you’ve always wanted to work for but they haven’t been looking when you have. How do you know if you didn’t even ask? Employers love to see a pro active approach from candidates it shows real initiative.

• The first thing you need to do is to draw up a list of companies that you would really like to work for and research them thoroughly

• Decide on why you would like to work for those companies i.e. are they a market leader, good reputation   e.t.c

• Decide on what you have to offer each individual company

• Put a call in to each company and find out who would be the best person to send your CV to

• Write your CV and don’t forget to tailor it for each company you are applying to. Tips on writing a CV and CV templates can be found here

• Write a covering letter detailing why you are looking to leave your current role, why you have approached them and what you have to offer. Tips on writing a covering letter and templates can be found here

• Follow up your application to make sure they have received it and to establish if they would be interested in progressing the application at this stage, if not now ask when they will be recruiting again and put that date in your diary

• Ask for your CV to be held on file for any relevant vacancies that may come up

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