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How to Find Email Addresses of Potential Employers

 

If you are too timid to cold call a potential employer, you may wonder how you can find their email addresses online. After all, if you have an email address, you can immediately send a cover letter and resume for consideration. Email is clean and direct, and once employers have your information, they can decide what to do with it.

If you are intrigued by a particular company, but have no idea how to find their contact information, you're in luck. There are several ways to track down company information online. Read on for some tips for finding email addresses of potential employers:

Company Websites

Most companies have some sort of web presence nowadays: it may be a huge, easily navigable web site or a single contact page, but most companies of any size have some sort of web site. Begin by trying to find the human resources page. The human resources department is your best bet for getting your resume into the right hands, and they may even offer tips on how to apply.

If the HR department is not available, try sending your information to the highest ranking officer you can find. Usually these officers have receptionists who filter incoming mail and direct inquiries to the right departments. If the web site only offers a contact form, fill it out succinctly. If possible, include the words "human resources" in the subject line.

Email Directories

There are several email directories available online; popular email providers like Yahoo!, Google and Hotmail offer their own directories, and there are others that interface with every email account imaginable. The accuracy of these directories varies, especially depending upon how up-to-date they are. On the other hand, they are a free resource and may at least start you in the right direction.

Social Networking Sites

Social networking sites are a potential gold mine for company information and email addresses. Try searching for the company on sites like Facebook, MySpace and Twitter. You may have to "friend" the prospective employer before gaining access to any information; so before you do so, be sure to delete any potentially embarrassing information or pictures from your account before proceeding.

LinkedIn is another great resource; it's basically a professional-style Facebook. You can search for employees of a particular company and usually find some way of connecting with them. Needless to say, you can get quite a lot of networking done by setting up an account on LinkedIn, and it has the added benefit of keeping your professional and personal networking accounts separate.

Googling

You might try simply googling the company and see what turns up. This is particularly effective if the company has no website, but has been reviewed online (or has been chronicled by a blog or news outlet). Googling may also turn up helpful information about a company, and it may give you insight into its work ethic, hiring practices, or provide information about trends it is following.

Getting in touch with potential employers becomes easier every day as more of them realize the value of establishing an online presence. Use this to your advantage to find the email addresses of the employees who can help you get a foot in the door.

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Sarah Baker is a documentary filmmaker and writer currently living in New Bern, NC. Her first book, Lucky Stars: Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, will be published December 2009. Read more about her.

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