How effective is it to send out a resume & cover letter to companies cold without knowing if there is an jobs?

A job or position may not be advertised. So, if you are sending out a resume & cover letter cold to select companies, how effective is this tactic? Addressing it to: Human Resources Manager.

Asked By: zx1 - 10/16/2007
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You have nothing to lose except the cost of printing the resume and the stamp to mail it. You don't even have to buy a stamp if you email it. You should send the resume to the HR department and also to the manager of a specific department within the organization if you know where you want to work. Example, if you... More
Answered By: majormomma - 10/16/2007
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PLEASE! take a serious few minutes to reflect on this strategy. This will not be effective for one main reason... More
Answered By: ViciGuy - 10/16/2007
In reality, it probably gives results in less than 1% of cases. But it depends of how desperate you are. A better strategy is to try to find the name and contact info of a hiring manager and send them your resume directly. HR is unlikely to react unless they are truly seeking for your skill set at that exact moment.
Answered By: Renata - 10/16/2007
I can't give you a percentage of effectiveness. But I know this, as a hiring manager... even when there are no job positions available, I still look at resumes, applications, and do interviews... More
Answered By: trippedits - 10/17/2007
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