Have you ever been in love with a company but couldn’t seem to find a job opening that fit your skills and experience? Or worse, have you suspected they were hiring, but you were unable to find their open roles, let alone how to apply?
Ugh, we get it. But don’t give up just yet.
There are ways to indirectly find out if a company is hiring, or even directly by asking straight up if they have any job openings. In this blog, we’ll go over both methods to help you land your dream job at your dream company.
How to Find Out Indirectly if a Company’s Hiring
Before you reach out to the company directly, there are a few self-service steps you can take to gauge if they’re hiring.
Check Out Their LinkedIn and Other Socials
Following a company on LinkedIn and other social media platforms can give you a good idea of what they’re up to. You might see posts about new hires, promotions, or other company news that could indicate they’re looking for new talent.
Take a Look at Their Website’s Careers Page
Another great place to start is the company’s website. Look for a “Careers” or “Jobs” page. If you see job listings for positions similar to what you’re interested in, it’s a good sign that the company is hiring.
Ask for Help From People You Know (or People They Know) Who Work There
If you have friends, family or colleagues who work at the company, reach out to them. It never hurts to do a little good old fashioned networking by taking someone out for coffee and getting the inside scoop about the company’s hiring status. They might even be able to connect you with someone in HR or, even better, the hiring manager themself.
Search for Updates on Google
Finally, you can also search for updates about the company on Google. Try searching for news articles, press releases, or even blog posts about the company. Any updates about the company’s growth, expansion or new projects could indicate that they’re hiring.
How to Ask Directly if a Company Is Hiring
Now that you’ve done your research and have a better idea of the company’s hiring status, it’s time to reach out. But how do you ask if a company is hiring?
Network Your Way Into the Company
Networking is key in any job search, but it’s especially important when reaching out to a company you’re interested in. Connect with employees, alumni, or even recruiters who have worked with the company. They might be able to give you a better idea of the company’s hiring status or even put in a good word for you. And the best part is that today, you can network in person at industry events or via the aforementioned coffee date, or you can network digitally from the comfort of your couch. Platforms like LinkedIn have the functionality to show you people who work at your desired company and indicate if you’re connected to them directly or indirectly.
First Impressions Matter
When you reach out to the company, make sure you make a good impression. Address the right person (usually someone in HR), use a professional email address and subject line, and keep the message short and to the point.
Prepare What You’d Like to Say and Ask
Before you send that email or make that call, make sure you have a plan. Write down what you’d like to say and the questions you’d like to ask. This will help you stay focused and make the most of your opportunity.
Be Interested in Their Needs
When reaching out to a company, it’s essential to show that you’re interested in what you can do for the company as much as in what the company can do for you. Do your research and come up with ways you can add value to the company and its team.
In-Person, Email or Direct Message?
When it comes to asking a company if they’re hiring, there’s no one right answer. Some people prefer email, while others like to pick up the phone. And in some cases, connecting with the company through a direct message on LinkedIn or another social platform can be effective. It all comes down to personal preference and what you feel will make the best impression.
Feel free to experiment and note what gets the best results. And always make sure your communication is professional, polite and gives them a taste of the unique value you bring to the table. This robust job market means they’re likely getting several unsolicited outreaches, so make sure you stand out straight away.
Get a Recruiter to Ask on Your Behalf
Finally, consider working with a professional recruiter like Vector Technical to help you find your dream job at the company you’re so excited to join. We have many deep relationships with top companies in and around the greater Cleveland area and often have access to job openings before they’re even advertised. We can even help you prepare for interviews and negotiate your salary and benefits.
Work with Vector Technical to Find the Job of Your Dreams
Don’t lose hope if you can’t immediately find your dream job at your dream company. By using the tips we’ve outlined in this blog, you can indirectly find out if a company is hiring or even reach out and ask directly. And consider the distinct advantages of working with a recruiter who can act as your coach and advocate in navigating the sea of options and landing you that just-right job.
At Vector Technical, we have the experience and relationships to help you find the job of your dreams. Remember, persistence and a positive attitude go a long way in a job search. Good luck! Contact us today to learn more.