Company announces creation of new jobs – how do you react?

What should you do when you see a jobs announcement in the press.  There have been quite a few announcements over the last week – a total of over 500 new jobs announced by 8 employers

You are familiar with the headlines – Company X to hire 50 people over the next year, Company Y announces creation of 40 new roles.  You click onto the company website but there is nothing in the Careers section.  Where do you go from there? 

Act Now

Don’t wait until you see the jobs advertised on the company website or some other jobs website – they may never get that far – 70 % jobs never get advertised but are filled through contacts and networking.  Be pro-active in your approach to find out more

 Who do you know already working there?

Information is everything.  Do you know anyone at the company who can give you some information about timescales for hiring?  Even if they don’t work in the area you want to get into they will know how the company works.  Call them and see what they can tell you.  Sometimes what you read in a newspaper regarding jobs announcements and what is actually happening on the ground can be quite different.  Ask someone who knows!

Don’t know anyone working there?

If you are on LinkedIn and have a fairly decent number of connection – 75+ chances are someone you know will know someone who works at that company.   Search by company and the nice folks at LinkedIn will tell you how your connections are connected to someone who works at the company you are interested in – pick a company and try it out – it’s a fantastic resource and significantly reduces the need to send a (usually ignored and binned)  “Dear Sir/Madam” letter.  Instead you can ask your connection to put you in touch with their connection in the company.  Tell your contact that you won’t be asking THEIR contact for a job, you just want to get some information about this announcement.  Once again it’s about getting as much information as you can before you make your move.

Not on LinkedIn or still can’t make a connection (however tenuous) with anyone at the company?  Should you just send in a CV anyway and hope for the best?

Call the company.  Ask to speak to someone who can give you some information about the recent press reports about the 50 new jobs being created.  That’s a pretty reasonable request – they DID make a press announcement after all!  Have your questions ready when you get through to them – (i) What is their hiring timescale  (ii) How will they be hiring  (iii) Do they know yet what types of roles yet and (iv) What advice would they give you as you think you would be a great fit – should you send in your CV now and if so TO WHOM SHOULD YOU ADDRESS IT ?

Be pro-active, not reactive and you will create your own job opportunity.

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