So you want to know about getting the job? Alright, let’s talk about it.
1. Do your research
Where do you truly want to work? Is there a company that really speaks to you? Find that company, then leap! Research the company’s team, this way you’ll get a good feeling if you think you’d fit well within it. Research the company’s values, their mission, their goals, their truth. Connect with that on a personal level and relate. Learn about their company history, how they got to where they are now, their target audience, things they’ve worked on. Basically, learn everything you can learn.
2. Make the initial contact
This is your door into the company you’re interested in, so pay close attention! How you approach them is everything. Give them something they value. Start by introducing yourself. Tell them a little about yourself and what you do. For example, if you’re coming from previously working in the service industry, maybe start with something like, “Hi there, my name is _______ , and I’m a service industry professional”. Continue with a bit of background history, but not too much! Keep in mind that the person reading this doesn’t have all day to go through it. They’re likely working in a busy atmosphere and would rather you get to the point.
3. Make the ask
Technically, this is sometimes part of that initial contact. Once you’ve introduced yourself, it’s time to get to the point. What is it you’re looking for? An internship opportunity? The job of your dreams? Make the ask. Start by briefly explaining why you’d like to work for this company. What can you bring to the table? Think more about what you can do for the company, rather than just what the company can do for you. Then, it’s time to ask the question. It can be as simple as, “I’d love to meet with you and discuss in further detail, when would be a good time to do so?” Open the door for the company to give you a response.
4. Wait 48 hours
Alright, alright…so nobody likes the waiting game. Depending on your situation though, you should give the company 48 hours (during business days) to respond. It gives them some time to speak to the appropriate department, and turn around to respond.
5. Get back in touch
Don’t be that person that waits forever for the company of your dreams to get back to you. You have to be ambitious. If this is something you truly want, you have to jump for it. All in. If you started by initially sending them an email, it’s now time to call them. If you started by calling them, maybe try one more call now to follow up. Or if you can, maybe even take a walk into the company’s office and approach them directly. Prepare what you’re going to say beforehand though, and show your confidence.