A few years ago, there was a Twitter storm of people debating the worst career advice they’d been given. I was shocked to see one of the pieces of advice most heavily criticized was cold-calling potential employers.
Tons of people claimed that jobs simply weren’t found that way.
However, in my entire post-law school life, I have never gotten a job that was advertised. Of the five jobs I have worked since law school, not even one of those employers had posted a Help Wanted ad.
If I have such a strong history of finding unadvertised work, why was this method so controversial? To be fair, this method may not work in every industry, in every geographic location.
There are certain employers like federal agencies that must follow procedures for hiring. It is highly unlikely you’ll get an unadvertised job at this kind of employer.
But there are still plenty of situations where it’s possible to find unadvertised work.