Asking for a job is a matter of networking with the right people and pitching directly to an employerÂ with a strong idea of the expected achievements to be made. The majority of jobs are not actually advertised, so it pays to ask employers themselves for a position. If the employer does not have any vacancies, talking to them will at least leave them withÂ a "go-getting" impression for the future.
There are five general steps to asking employers for work:
Step 1: Identify target
Always aim to speak to someone with the power to make hiring decisions. This might be a manager (for an entry-level position) or a senior manager or company director (for a mid-level position).
Step 2: Make initial contact
The best way to make the first contact with an employer is through a mutual friend or acquaintance. Failing that, send an introductory email outlining a desire to know more about their career insights by meeting.
Step 3: Rehearse an "elevator pitch"
Practice summarizing as concisely as possible the reasons for seeking employment in the given sector. Particularly if making a transition, it is important to know in advance how to explain it.
Step 4: Consider questions
Decide on some questions that will make the most of the meeting. For example, a relatively passive way of soliciting further introductions within the industry is to ask which other companies one might contact.
Step 5: Go to the meeting
When going to the meeting, keep goals in mind. Be upfront with people about personal goals and expectations.