Enquiring about a job opening is something that you would have to do a lot! Whether you’re asking about the potential for a job to come open, or trying to find out details about a posting that’s already listed, your professional communication must be impressive.

Let’s say, you have done your due diligence and scoured a company website for open positions in your field. The next steps, however, are little more challenging. To get your foot in the door at a preferred employer would take more effort and creativity. Here are some effective ways to inquire about jobs without appearing pestilential.

Different Ways To Enquire About Jobs:

1. Connect With Those In The Position You Want

Candidates should reach out directly to the person in the position they want — not the recruiter or hiring manager. While some recruiters may reply, many are overloaded with LinkedIn messages and emails. Reaching out to someone in the position will allow you to learn how that person got to where they are, and you may also be able to connect with their boss, the hiring manager.

2. Network Your Way In

Research is the prelude to networking and directly reaching out to hiring managers. By canvassing the company websites, LinkedIn, current articles written by key employees, you will determine the individuals to contact and the issues facing the organization. Connecting on social media and looking at your own network for referrals will allow you to network your way in to inquire about job opportunities.

3. Build Relationships First

Create relationships with employees of other firms. When we build relationships, we literally unlock the doors. Consider this, if someone sees you as a friend (or even mutual friend), they will naturally be open to/excited about helping you get connected to new career opportunities. If you’re a stranger inquiring about job opportunities, then you’re just another stranger in their inbox.

4. Create Dialogue With Informational Interviews

Informational interviews are creative ways to learn about job opportunities. Your initial motive is not to immediately ask about open jobs, but to build relationships so that information begins to flow to you. Have a genuine interest in getting to know someone you’ve recently met. Inquire about their career path, industry, or innovative ways they’ve addressed a similar operational challenge.

5. Be Curious At A Conference

There is nothing like a solid handshake to make a real impression. Attend a conference where the organization has someone speaking. During the Q&A part, ask a question that can showcase your enthusiasm, knowledge and/or skill. Your question must be genuine. After the session, pick up where you left off with the Q&A and ask the presenter how to inquire about job opportunities.

6. Send A Letter Of Interest

Send your potential hiring manager a Letter of Interest in the mail. Yes, a physical letter with your resume attached. In the digital age of electronic resume submittals, emails and LinkedIn, a physical letter holds more weight. Don’t ask for a job. Acknowledge a recent achievement of the organization and briefly explain the specific value you will bring to their business to make a connection.

7. Show Up On Their Doorstep

In the paperless-digital era, one solid tactic is to hand-deliver a CV to your coveted future employer and escape the algorithms. You may have to apply on their digital job board as well, yet this will give you a unique advantage over other candidates. You’ll make a healthy first impression and stand out as a candidate.

8. Become A Customer, Connect And Collaborate

What better way to find out about the culture and potential opportunities than having a customer experience that builds relationships with existing staff? Listen during your service inquiries about the product’s benefits and features, and build a relationship with the service professional through discussion. Companies love to hire “known to us” people, so become one of them

9. Start With A Compliment

When inquiring about job opportunities at an organization, a candidate might consider starting with (an authentic) compliment, such as “I’ve been following your organization and have always been super impressed by what your team does!” Following that, the candidate might consider asking a question that could open the door to an interesting follow-up discussion.

10. Make Sure You Stand Out

Some create animated videos that introduced themselves and their skills. The uniqueness alone would make it memorable, while the technology makes it easy to share with the hiring team. Aligning the approach to the skills that would make you a great fit for that role really knocks it out of the park for those hiring.

In A Nutshell:

Finding open job opportunities is never easy. You may have your eye on a company but can’t seem to find out if they have a position available that may be right for you. Job boards aren’t the sole place to look for new job opportunities as company websites are driving more new hires than any other source these days. Therefore it is necessary that you explore the various ways you can inquire, to make your search effective.

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Indulekha Prabha

My name is Indulekha Prabha. I am an English teacher and a content writer by profession. When I'm not working you can find me writing fiction, reading poetry and painting.

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