How Do I Find Unadvertised Jobs?

Try Cold Canvassing.


Cold canvassing is where you apply directly to an employer for work when there was no vacancy advertised.

How do I go about it?

Before leaving home, do some research and make a list of businesses you would be prepared to work for. Start with those closest to where you live and work your way out from there. Take the time to consider every business in the area and think about what they do, make or sell.

Use the internet. Many businesses have a Facebook page or subscribe to other directories. Just google them and see what you find. Talk to your friends and see what they know. While doing your research try to find out the managers name.

Next work out what skills you have that they may be able to use. Then make up a ten-second spiel. Managers are busy people and you need to get their attention quickly before their mind goes back to what they were doing before you interrupted them.

“Hi, my name is Bill and I have 10 years’ experience as a carpenter building houses. I have an HR licence, White Card and Forklift ticket.”

Make sure it is relevant to what you know about the company, it’s no good talking about your welding skills if they build in timber and vice versa. Be prepared to provide additional information about yourself if asked.

When entering a business get straight to the point and ask for the manager by name if possible. Present your spiel and hand over your resume. After you leave the business make some notes about who you spoke to and what they said. If there is no work available this week, then make a note in your diary to call back in a few weeks’ time. Aim to get 100 employers on your list and contact about 25 every week and if one of the employers on your list explains they are a family business and never employ other people then cross them off.

Looking for work can be a full-time job, but the more people you speak to the more chance you have of finding a vacancy.

Remember to make sure your resume is up to date and dress the part.