I'm a copywriter.
A company I have much respect for had a vacancy three weeks ago. Because of a challenging schedule at my current job, I didn't have the time to work on my portfolio until last week. The moment I was done with the task, they wanted applicants to send them a personalized copy relevant to what they do, I found out that the position was no longer available.
As I mentioned earlier, I respect the company and their managing editor who would have been, if I had applied and been accepted, my boss. I've been a follower of his work and was hoping for a chance to work with someone I genuinely appreciate. I believe the position was a perfect fit for me.
Another important reason for feeling upset is that I'm really proud about the piece I worked on. I tackled the assignment from an uncommon angle which I think would have caught their attention.
My wife, who works in HR, recommends sending my portfolio and the piece I've worked on anyway. My counterargument: removing the vacancy from their careers page simply means they don't need copywriters for now. I shouldn't knock on the door if there's no actual need for me.
However, she told me it wasn't uncommon for companies working in the creative industry to hire worthy applicants, even with the absence of a formal opening.
Should I send the managing editor the piece I've worked on and inform him of my desire to join his team?