How (not) to contact companies for employment opportunities

Looking for job opportunities beyond the popular job boards and LinkedIn is always a good idea. There is a lot of potential in the hidden job market and students and graduates should take note! One way to tap into the potential of the hidden job market is by researching different companies and sending them speculative applications, stating your interest in working for them and highlighting your motivation, skills and experience. This approach is great, especially if you have a good idea of the exact type of company you’d like to work for. However, speculative applications need to be handled carefully and you need to spend considerable amount of time doing research before you fire an email off. Done right, a speculative application can lead to your desired career, or ruin your chances of working for your dream employer, if not researched enough.

In order to help you decide when it’s appropriate to contact an employer, and how to do that, we have gathered some tips from companies that have had considerable experience of receiving speculative applications.

First of all, you can find the main points from “How to contact a design agency by Tom Lloyd” from Bluegg below:


  1. Research the person and the agency
  2. Use the persons name
  3. Make sure your tone is appropriate
  4. Show you’ve read up about the agency
  5. Explain why you’d be great for a placement
  6. Keep your folio small and perfect
  7. Be precise, take care over your words
  8. Make sure we can find you and your work online

For the full article, follow this link.

We have also found this letter that Andrew Clarke, from Stuff and Nonsense, sent to a students that approached the company. You can find the full letter below: Letter by Andrew Clarke

The point to remember is that, no matter how qualified and passionate you are, you are looking for a job, and the fact that you’re contacting a company hoping for them to give you an job means that it’s your responsibility to do your research, impress them and leave a great first impression. This is the only way to make a successful speculative application. Take note of the tips from both companies above, learn from the mistakes of others and make sure you don’t repeat them!

Good luck with your job search, and if you have any questions, drop us a comment below!


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