Another way to find a new job is to make speculative applications to employers in your field.
Applying speculatively can be frustrating, with a relatively low response rate, but if you do find an employer with a vacancy there will usually be less competition.
The employer may also keep your CV on file until an appropriate job comes up. To find suitable employers see the section on 'Research' below.
When you are making a speculative application you should always write to a named person if possible - people take more notice of letters addressed to them rather than letters which say 'Dear Sir/Madam'. So do not address the letter to the Personnel Manager or Human Resources Manager; ring up the company (if you do not know their number try Directory Enquiries dial 192 in the UK) and find out the name of the person and their correct job title. You can find an example speculative letter below.
Speculative Cover Letter Sample
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