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UNSOLICITED APPLICATIONS: 10 KEYS TIPS

UNSOLICITED APPLICATIONS: 10 KEY TIPS


1. RESEARCH the market in your professional sector (economic context, growth areas, etc.) and only target companies likely to be interested in your skills.

 

2. FIND OUT about the company (size, organisation, ongoing projects, etc.). Do not hesitate to call the reception desk and administration departments to obtain key information.

 

3. Letter, email, telephone, etc. - when making initial contact, opt for the communication method that makes you feel most at ease.

 

4. ADAPT to the company's corporate culture e.g. sending a CD ROM may be a good idea if you are applying to work in advertising but this would not be recommended if you were applying to work in a bank. Similarly, presenting yourself in person may be a good idea if you are applying to an SME but to do this in a major multi-national would probably be a complete waste of time.

 

5. IDENTIFY the best person to contact and send your application to in order to add a personal touch to your application.

 

6. AROUSE THE INTEREST of the recruiter so that he/she wants to find out more about you. For example, you could add a brief description at the top of your CV.

 

7. ADOPT a “commercial” attitude i.e. explain exactly how you could meet the needs of the company.

 

8. ILLUSTRATE YOUR ARGUMENTS with tangible examples, results and even figures. Be direct.

 

9. Track the progress of your application by systematically re-contacting companies.

 

10. Be attentive to any pitfalls. Do not approach all companies in the same way and don’t just talk about yourself but highlight your skills that are required by the company.

 

Source: Pôle-Emploi, “How to make unsolicited applications” from the “Guide to taking action collection.

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