There is a chance that you would like to work for a certain company, but that there are no suitable vacancies. Is it useful to send your CV spontaneously to a company or not? It takes some time, but applying spontaneously can definitely make a difference according to staffing specialist Walters People.

Why apply spontaneously?  

If you do not immediately find a vacancy that matches your profile, send out a spontaneous application to companies that really interest you and that most closely match your values and interests. This can also be flattering for an organisation: you show genuine interest in the company and make it clear that you would like to work for them.

Your profile stands out 

By applying spontaneously, you obviously have less competition from other candidates. Your profile will not be compared with other applications, as is the case with an open vacancy. 

Even if a spontaneous application might not immediately lead to the desired result, it still gives you the chance to "plant a seed" with your potential employer. If your profile is interesting, he will also remember it when someone is needed and you can reap the benefits in time. There is also always a chance that your profile will catch on immediately: not all vacancies are published online.  

Spontaneous applications take more time 

As soon as you decide to send out a spontaneous application, it's important to prepare yourself well. This type of application takes much more time than responding to an advertisement, because you first have to identify the right person in the organisation, find their contact details, understand the company culture, and do the necessary follow-up.

Updated CV 

An updated CV is obviously crucial. Make sure it matches the culture of the company in question. For example, use the same job title as what the organisation usually uses, and make sure that the values the organisation promotes are also reflected in the 'human skills' on your CV. Think about 'social skills', 'flexibility', etc.

Do the research 

Research on LinkedIn who is the right person to send your spontaneous application to. It could be the HR Manager or the manager of the department you would like to work in. Think for example of the Finance Manager or the Marketing Manager. Personalise your message and explain briefly why your profile could be interesting to join his or her team. The more you know about the organisation and the person you are addressing, the more precise and relevant you can be in your message.

Use your network and try again later 

If you don't get an immediate response, you can always try again at a later date as a result of new events or developments in the organisation or within the sector. This way you can check whether this might mean a job opportunity for you. 

Finally, use your network. Let acquaintances or former colleagues who work in organisations that interest you know that you are looking. They can give you that extra push. 


Looking for a new challenge?

Check out our latest vacancies or contact one of our offices! Download our free digital Salary Survey tool and find out what you're worth. 

Latest jobs

Career advice


Work for us 


Contact us