14 How to write a speculative job application - Dan Mason

posted May 23, 2018, 10:12 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated May 23, 2018, 10:12 AM ]
Not all graduate jobs are advertised. To find these hidden roles, you need to write a speculative application to a company you're interested in working for. Being proactive in this way can give you access to a much wider variety of roles and increase your chances of success in the competitive job market.

What is a speculative application?

Making a speculative application simply means getting in touch with an organisation to ask whether they have a suitable job for you, despite the fact that they aren't advertising a particular vacancy. It usually involves sending a cover letter and a CV.

Of course, major graduate schemes and roles at large companies will usually be advertised, and you can apply in the normal way. But if you rely solely on responding to job adverts, you may miss out on a range of opportunities, especially in the charity, design, environmental and media sectors where applying 'on spec' is common practice.

Speculative applications provide a direct route into the company and making contact with recruiters can lead to:

• temporary or permanent work
• internships or work shadowing opportunities
• increased business connections.