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10. Approaching Employers Directly

The DIRECT Approach

Many people looking for work will often write to, ring, or go in and see a firm which has not even advertised that they are looking for anyone.

Although they might not secure a job straight away, these people may be the first ones approached by that firm when a position becomes vacant.

Besides saving the firm money, it can also save them a lot of time, because if they did advertise, they would probably have to sort through mountains of applications - and why do that when you may already have someone waiting in your filing cabinet?


You have heard of a nearby firm which employs people in the type of job you want.
  1. How would you make a direct approach to that employer?

  2. Who would you ask to speak to?

  3. What would you say to them?

  4. What might you ask them to do?

With some friends, try to role play the situation.

Would it be a good idea to spend one day a week going to see possible employers? Why? Why not?


How to go about writing to employers.
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