I am wondering if it is frowned upon to e-mail companies directly to ask if they have any positions available. I understand that most businesses these days have a "Careers" section, but they typically also have a career advisor / hiring manager type person listed.

Is it poor form to reach out to this person directly, listing your major skills or attaching a resume, and asking if they have anything available in that field?

The company I currently work for hires from within whenever possible before posting to the job sites.

If someone reaches out from outside the company and is fully qualified would they be considered?

Any advice is much appreciated!


I know many who done that, also who showed up in the company in person and asked for jobs within a certain field, and got a job.

You don't need to spam emails though, never! Just focus on one company at a time. Contact them with the minimal information possible but the needed and complete one.

For example:

Good day.

This is YourFullNameHere and I heard about your company from YourSourceHere. I was wondering if there are any available vacancies for YourFieldHere positions right now. If yes, could you please guide me on how to apply or/and who to contact?

Thank you"

Note: This works in person as well. And it is better to get in a contact with a manager that you know he is within your field than to get in contact with info desks / receptionists.

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    I agree with keeping the initial contact simple. If they are interested, they'll ask for more info. Also, it might be more beneficial to start with a phone call. That way you get an immediate answer instead of having your emails possibly ignored. – NotMe Sep 26 '16 at 14:42
  • Excellent! Thank you @Sandra K. I will definitely take this into consideration and follow these steps. And thank you as well for your input NotME – Mumford451 Sep 26 '16 at 18:28
  • In Finland, this is often the "only" way to find a job in some fields. You are expected to show self-initiative and this is apparently considered as a prime example. – Juha Untinen Sep 27 '16 at 4:45

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