Should you Approach a Company that isn’t Hiring Right Now?

Should you approach a company that hasn’t posted any job openings, and is clearly not hiring right now? If you do, is there a right way to do it? Read on.

Job postings and advertisements about openings help companies to do exactly what the words suggest- advertise that they are hiring and applications are welcome. But is it a good idea to approach a company that hasn’t advertised that they are looking? Would that mean that there’s no chance of getting a job there even if you got in touch with them?

Many candidates may have thought of approaching companies that they have always dreamed of working at but may be hesitant because of an absence of advertisement. Does approaching them still work? Is it a good idea? Let us quickly delve into this!

There’s No Harm:

The straight answer is this: there is no great harm in reaching out to the company, via mail or LinkedIn. The most that might happen is that you don’t get a response. There’s nothing to lose as such. On the contrary, if your approach is compelling enough, you might get on the company’s radar (in a good way) and they might consider your ‘application’ if there’s a relevant opening in the future.

But as mentioned, the approach has to be compelling enough. Many companies do get emails and enquiries about potential job openings even without them advertising, so it’s crucial that the way you approach them is memorable. You don’t want your message or email to get buried in deluge of enquiries.

How to do it Right:

Say, you want to approach a company but maybe not directly ask if they are hiring, but you wish to show interest in working there. Or maybe, you are feeling adventurous and you simply want to take that leap of faith by asking them directly that if there’s any chance that a position might be available. Whichever of the two approaches you take, you need to be very specific.

  • One way, is to email them directly, telling them why you are emailing, let them know that although there isn’t any opening declared, you are laying out your introductions, experience, skills and qualifications, and what you can offer to the company, in their present setting. You can look up a few of their ongoing projects on their LinkedIn page or their website, and describe how you’d be able to contribute in those. You can provide examples of your own work to further make your point. Don’t forget to link your resume in the email!  
  • Another way, is to find the right person who is responsible for hiring for the company (most likely a recruiter) and get in touch with them. A slightly less direct approach, here you show interest about the industry in general by asking very specific questions. No matter how good of a candidate you might be, a recruiter may or may not be able to straight away create a position that doesn’t really exist at the company but they might be able to say ‘yes’ to certain questions. Instead of directly asking if their company is hiring, you may first establish a professional rapport with the relevant personnel, ask specific and informative questions about the industry, to let them know that you’d like their help to gain insight into it, and then let them know you’d be interested in working at their company if the opportunity arises.

In the age of talent crunch and skill-gaps, companies would welcome interest from candidates who genuinely want to make a difference. There’s no harm in reaching out for what you want, and you never know- the right approach may give you a pleasant surprise, even without any advertisement!

Forming Personal Opinions- V/S Taking Successful Interviews

Here is a Short Story , which tells us how we form  “Opinions” on or about someone.


Just imagine , that you are lost in an unknown territory , and  have been walking for quite some time.

You are thus feeling very Thirsty , but unfortunately , there is no availability of water. You stand to rest under a Tree……

(A) Suddenly, a window of a house on the first floorof an apartment building, opens, and your eyes meet  someone’s .That person immediately guesses , the state you are in, and asks by , gesturing , if you need some water.You NOD in a BIG “YES “, and start walking towards the apartment building.


(B) The person gestures with a sign of coming down , and closes the window.

It is 15 minutes that you are standing there, but the door to the apartment building doesn’t open.

(C) You are about to move, and finally the door opens. The person is standing there with a jug, and says politely:

“ So sorry for the delay , but looking at your condition , I thought it would do you good ,if I prepared some “Nimbu Paani”/” Lemonade” for you”.


(D) A glass is filled and handed over to you. You take a sip , and realise that it has NO SUGAR ,in it.


Given this simple situation of the above STORY, we see how our Opinions keep changing.

This leads us to a very crucial question: “How correct can we be , while giving an Opinion on anybody, more so a STRANGER” In a nut shell, the moral of the story is, if the person’s behaviour falls into the boundary of our “Expectations”, he is “Good” otherwise not. !!!!!

Translating this to the Corporate world :  For any HR Manager , choosing a right person for a job, is a challenge. Going through the sheer number of resume’, shortlisting them according to set criteria, can be overwhelming.  While going through the resumes, we (HR managers) try to predict , which candidate will do well in a given job role, and which won’t .

Even after all this hard work, we are  still left  with “limited Choices” , who fall into our “Expectations” and are thus invited for “Interview”

While taking interviews, we are mostly meeting “Strangers”,and in all likelihood , we will  start forming  Opinions about him or her , the moment they enter the room, by their clothes, behaviour, body language , spoken language etc etc.

Hey——Hold your horses, Mr./Ms. HR — THINK AGAIN-  This isn’t  a personal matter.

YOU are A RESPONSIBLE OFFICER and  recruiting for a company……… You need to Master the Techniques of Taking a  Successful Interview . Isn’t it?

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