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Old 08-23-2012, 04:22 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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Hi All,

I found two companies close to home that I am interested in working for (or contracting). Specifically, these are both small private engineering firms (12-18 employees).
There is no specific career sections or a contact email for hiring on their websites, so I'm going in blind.

I would like to send them my resume' for a full-time position or contract only, but not sure what is the best approach.
Do I simply call the receptionist and politely ask for a name and email address of the hiring manager? I'm not sure.
Also, I found the president of one company on LinkedIn. What about connecting with him and a brief note?

(I'm currently a drafting consultant that assists engineering firms as needed per project or when workload is high and there is a need for additional temporary help.
My past contracts all came from my network of people that I know.)

Any thoughts or ideas is very appreciated.

MandK
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:14 PM
 
Location: North Fulton
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I think it might be a good idea to call and ask. I think calling in and asking might be a slightly more effective approach. I would try using Linkedin via one of your connections but it is easier to be overlooked and ignored in Linkedin. Good luck.
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Old 08-23-2012, 05:21 PM
 
Location: CasaMo
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Since the companies you're interested in are smaller companies, I wouldn't recommend cyber communication or phone calls.

I'm no expert, but I'm in a similar field you're in and I've had experience with this in the past. A few years ago, there was a small firm in my area I was interested in and wanted to inquire with and were previous clients of a company that I had worked for many years. What I did was an in person "cold call". I polished up and printed my resume, did all the research I could for that company, put on some business casual clothes and walked in and introduced myself and asked if there was anyone available I could speak with. The president of the company was in (thankfully), we shook hands and he invited me into his office and briefly told him about myself, how I knew about the company and asked about possible opportunities. He was very polite, but said they didn't have any openings at the present time. We continued to chat about industry related topics, and he asked me if I had a copy of my resume that he could keep. I gave him a copy, thanked him for his time and went on my way. A week later, I received a letter in the mail from him on company letterhead thanking me for visiting and meeting him. Shortly after, I did find a job elsewhere and moved so I don't know if they have added staff or not.

I didn't get end up with a job, but I think the face to face conversation is the way to go if at all possible. And with a smaller company, its way more doable than a large corporation. Face to face conversation allows you to use and demonstrate your social skills and your people skills and both are important. You can distinguish yourself easier that way and show some courage on your part. You can also get a feel of the persona of the person you might be working for, so it goes both ways. Emails and other cyber communication just can't do that. That's one of the reasons I can't stand the online application process, emails, and linkedin. Sometimes, there's just no avoiding it. When there is an opportunity to go the other route, take it.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

Last edited by MoNative34; 08-23-2012 at 05:34 PM..
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