When searching for jobs, our first instinct may be to head straight to our favorite businesses to see if there are any openings. Sometimes we get lucky and there’s a position available to apply for; other times, not so much. But does that mean you should give up?
Of course not! Submitting an unsolicited resume and cover letter requires faith and passion. Unfortunately most places, especially restaurant jobs, receive so many applications whether they are hiring or not that most get tossed in the trash. (Yes, even if they’ve insisted that they’ll keep you on file.) If you’ve decided that this shot in the dark is worth your time and energy, you’ve got to be memorable!
You must demonstrate your interest in the company and why you are just *dying* to work there without being too pushy or seeming like an overzealous maniac. Simply tell the company why you love their work, why you would like to be a part of their team, and provide any additional details that make you the perfect applicant, as you would any other cover letter. It is important that you illustrate your knowledge of the company and passion for what they do – it shows that you’ve done your research, you are familiar with its mission and goals, and that you have a genuine interest in being involved with their cause.
Who do you send it to? If you have any connections with the company on LinkedIn, ask that person who the appropriate contact would be, or have them connect you to that person via the network’s introduction feature. If not, do your homework and find the email addresses of both the human resources manager (if one exists) and the general manager. Some people are on the fence about contacting higher-ups about positions, but you never know if they have future plans to hire that HR does not yet know about. The general manager (or manager of whichever area you would like to work in – in hospitality jobs cases, perhaps an executive chef ) may actually read the email and find your interest intriguing enough to keep in mind for the future.
Why bother? It may lead to nothing, or it may lead to a perfect spot within the company. In the end, sending an unsolicited resume is always worth it. It never hurts to try and you’ll never wonder “what if?”