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5 Tips for Unconventional Job Development

Pick Up the Phone

In this age of e-mail, Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter, it's easy to underestimate the power of a good old-fashioned phone call. True, the odds are 20 to one that you'll end up in voicemail purgatory, but what if that long shot hiring manager actually picks up? Will you be ready to make your pitch?

Recruiter and blogger Amitai Gervitz offers some unconventional advice for job-hunters brave enough to pick up a phone and call complete strangers. If you have your heart set on working for a particular company, go straight to the top. Call the CEO's office and sell your story to his or her assistant [source: Givertz]. Quickly outline your work history and how it's been leading to a job at this company. If the pitch is well-received, ask for an informational interview with the boss. What do you have to lose? The worst case scenario is that the assistant will transfer you to HR.

For the truly fearless job-seeker, Gervitz suggests that you call your target company and ask to be connected to any random department. When you get someone on the line, ask if the company has an employee referral program, in which employees get a reward for recommending future workers. If you catch the right person at the right company on the right day, you might win yourself an ally on the inside. And a job.

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