How to submit speculative job applications

Are you struggling to find a job in Zambia?

If so, you might want to try sending a few speculative job applications.

What are speculative job applications?

Speculative applications are job applications that you make to an employer even though they have not advertised a job. This may sound like a long shot but speculative applications do work. Why?

  1. An employer may have been thinking about recruiting but may not have got around to writing a job advert and advertising the job.
  2. You write an amazing speculative job application that convinces an employer to contact you.

Speculative job applications usually consist of an application letter (see Application Letter Basics) detailing why an employer might want to consider offering you employment, together with a CV (see CV Basics) outlining your relevant skills and experience. If you are submitting speculative job applications you should:

  • Ensure that you clearly show your understanding of the organisation and the sector in which it operates
  • Be clear on the type of opportunity that you are seeking
  • Be clear on what you can offer the organisation
  • Show enthusiasm for the opportunity to work with them

How to submit speculative job application

  1. Create a shortlist of organisations. This could be done on the basis of location, industry, profession, area of interest or a combination of these factors.
  2. Research the organisation to learn more about their aims, values and the competencies they seek in their employees. If the organisation has a website this is a good place to start. You can then supplement this with research with information from other sources such as friends and family and the media.
  3. Try to match the tone of your application to that of the organisation or the type of employment you desire. For example, the media and creative industry may prefer more creativity in an application than say the legal or accountancy industries.
  4. Where possible try to address your application to a named individual or function (e.g. Head of HR/IT).
  5. Follow up your application a few days later (see How to follow up a job advert). This is an opportunity to remind the employer of your interest and relevant skills and experience. It also gives you the opportunity and to answer any questions that an employer might want to ask you.

It is generally better to send a few carefully researched and individual speculative job applications than 100s of generic job applications. See our articles entitled 5 common application mistakes and How to improve your application success rate for more information.

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