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Top 10 tips to Contact Employers and get into the hidden job market
1. Call and find out the name of the person who is in charge of hiring (you have to do some research about a specific type of job)
2. Prepare a short script of what you might say. (Hi, My name is…. And I’m interested in this position… who may be in charge of that? If you don’t know anybody in the company you may say that you have to send a fax to the person you need and they’ll give you his/her name)
3. Send a Cover letter and an attached Resume to that person.
4. In the Cover letter say that you are interested in a particular position and that you will follow up.
5. Call the next day and ask for this specific person! If the secretary asks for the reason you are calling, say that you are following up and that he is expecting your call.
6. To get through the switch board call early, or call late, or during lunch break and call every day!
7. If you get the voicemail, say what you are calling about and that you’ll call back tomorrow.
8. When you reach the person in charge don’t waste your time. Prepare a little speech and talk slowly and with confidence. Say your name, the position you are interested in and that you are following up.
9. If the person in charge says they are not hiring ask about somebody they know in this business who hires.
10. Drop off your Resume at the office but always ask for a particular person and leave it to him. If you leave your Resume at the front desk most likely it will end up in the recycling bin.
I never had problem finding job in Canada, and I'm an immigrant here. The key is to be persistent, knowledgeable and willing to work hard. How fast you will find your first job in Canada also depends of you profession, education and experience.