My case :

I’m in the process of searching an apprenticeship in the south of the United States for my French’s (not mainland) master degree with my wage reimbursed up to the minimal French wage by my state. So for the company that would hire me, it would be indeed an at least year long “work for free plan” in practice (with most of the year spent learning in college in Guadeloupe instead of the United States in terms of visa).
In addition to this, there’s a 8000€ state employment bonus as part of the recovery plan, for any companies signing an apprenticeship agreement for an apprentice aged above 18 (under the esef legal status).

Because of the required nature of the job agreement, I’m thinking my best luck is to try with small flexible companies as larger companies definitely won’t accept the required schedule. Those typically having a low revenue but who don’t take apprentices normally. Especially those who looked for a part‑time position in my field recently (please correct me if I’m wrong on this assumption compared to alternatives).
Legally speaking, besides what I’m describing in the applications I send, the ᴄɴꜰᴇ is here to help a would be employer.

More generally, I exhausted all apprentice job offers, leaving only unsolicited applications and in the case in Guadeloupe, I even exhausted all possible unsolicited applications for the remaining companies not on strike. I don’t know if this might be different, but after all it was through inefficient unsolicited applications, I had my last 3 required internships.

Question :

I know the best way is to apply using their specified ways of applying if any or to use their contact forms. But I came up to build a long list of companies that didn’t send a reply for months. Most of the time, when I call them, it appears my e‑mails went completely unnoticed because of their spam flow.
In that case, and in order to better attract attention, would it be a good idea to try again by physical mail ? Or would I make the wrong impression because it would be considered an outdated technology ? Especially since I’m looking for an apprenticeship in IT.
In the latter case, should I instead send many e‑mails with the hope to that time get one of them noticed ?

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Speculative application by mail after not receiving answers by e‑mail… Is it still relevant for small companies?

No. Unsolicited physical applications is just as effective as unsolicited email applications. Which is not effective at all.

You seem to be targeting small businesses. You're absolutely way better off targeting MNCs that have a presence in your country, as they are more well-equipped to offer your employment.

You can argue all your want about the various risks. But it doesn't matter. The perception of risk is all that matters. And HR experts at companies are going to simply block you if you get into an argument with them, as you have with multiple people here.

Just listing all the factors that are going against you:

  • Small business: Has low risk tolerance
  • Unsolicited: Unlikely to actually be hiring
  • Foreign: They will need to hire their own experts

In your situation I would recommend you eliminate as many of those factors as possible.

  • So do you mean there’s no difference between by e‑mail and physical mail ? Any French here would be able to confirm the ᴄɴꜰᴇ would replace such experts concerning the French part of laws. Jan 17, 2022 at 23:45
  • Otherwise, they were already antivax unrest in Guadeloupe because the population is mostly against ᴄᴏᴠɪᴅ19 jab unlike the mainland and the president just said he would put crap on the unvaxed (loosely translated as pissed off) which just blew away my hopes to find an apprenticeship on time through non unsolicited means… I exhausted all job offers… But after all, it was using this way (cold call) I found my last 2 school internships… Jan 17, 2022 at 23:46
  • @user2284570 You're continually missing the point. I don't care what experts you can find, or documentation you can find, or French nationals. I don't care about that stuff, and neither will employers. Why do you think employers owe it to you to bother to attempt to understand French law? Jan 18, 2022 at 0:04
  • Because it is part of the common basic local French knowledge (the ᴜʀꜱᴀᴀꜰ) and that in the end, it might be simpler than taking someone in the ᴜꜱ (like no payroll tax to care about) ? And that there’s a lack of a better alternative ? Otherwise, do you mean there’s no difference between by e‑mail and physical mail ? Jan 18, 2022 at 0:42
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    @user2284570 The most obvious reason is that information on a "ministry of labour" website is not legally binding. What matters is the law. When a small business owner has spent their entire lives building a company, they are not going to put all of that risk to hire someone they weren't even looking for, according to information that isn't legally binding, on a website written in a foreign language, from a department of a government they don't understand, recommended to them by a stranger that emailed them out of the blue. Jan 18, 2022 at 1:33

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