Anyone have any experience with visiting a company unannounced? I think I might try it, but frankly, I'm terrified. Anyone have any stories of doing this?
Oh man, this is a tough question. I think it really comes down to the personality of the employer. I'm sure some employers would be impressed by a cold visit, while others might be taken aback. It seems like you work in the creative industry, so I have a feeling that it would be the former. Why not hedge your bets and try cold calling first? Call the company, ask to speak to the person in charge of hiring,and go from there. I know for sure a lot of Jobcasers have used that tip with great success.
I have done this several times myself and have had much success! First I recommend researching the companies you are considering to ensure compatibility with the company goods and services offered, as well as the culture. As this not only needs to be a good fit for the company, but for you as well. I often found that by researching first, I was able to determine when their busiest times and slow times, and then plan accordingly. The last thing you want to do is show up when they are too busy to engage with you. Second keep your confidence in yourself as well as your abilities. Provide a comfortable, personable appearance and approach, introduce yourself, extend your hand for a handshake and begin by apologizing for disrupting their daily routine and state your inquiry. Be sure to mention that you have researched their company, are intrigued with .... and that although you are not sure whether they are hiring at this time, you thought you would stop by to introduce yourself and provide a copy of your resume for any current needs, or perhaps future needs. Remember to smile, and don't be afraid to ask questions; i.e. how long have you worked here, do you enjoy it, what's the culture like, who could I address a letter of interest to.... This reflects your initiative, and willingness to do what is necessary. Many individuals find this to be quite impressive and could perhaps land you a position for which they create for you, as I have. End your discussions by thanking them for their time and assistance, and that you look forward to hearing from them. There will be some companies that are taken back by your cold call, but I have found that once I mention the time and effort I took in researching their business, they settle down and begin discussions. Good luck!
I agree with James Murphy a tough Call. I have done it in NYC, Wash, DC, Northern Virginia, SF, CA but without much results. You have to get past the Gate Keeper Secretary, and then ther is no real guaranteed that you will see a Director or C Level without a pre-scheduled appointment.
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I did that several years ago! I go into a business with copies of resume and ask to see someone in charge. I actually got some fairly positive results! I look at it this way. The worse thing that can happen to you is that they'll say no and show you the door!
Yes Evan I have. It's unprofessional on the companies end and blindsides you as an new employee. When I accept any position I ask how will I be introduced in the the workplace or what type of standard introduction do you prefer.
Like Evan said, sometimes it is easier to get the companies address, so It would not hurt to go in, they might even like the fact that you are showing initiative by going in.
Go for it! I do it quite often. The opportunity comes up you must do it! They are only people they won't bite!