Looking into the window of an office reception

However you’ve found your work experience contacts, you will need to speak to them.  Make a list of the companies you’d like to approach - it’s likely that you won’t hear back from many of them, so it’s best to keep your options open with a few, perhaps even more than ten, that you want to contact.

Firstly call or visit them in person to see whether they might be able to organise a work experience placement for you. If you go into see them in person, try to look smart as even this impression will count. They’ll say whether it would be feasible - don’t be too disheartened if they can’t accommodate you - and let you know what you need to do next.

It’s likely that they’ll ask for your CV and an accompanying cover letter explaining a bit about you and what you’d like to get out of your work experience. If you’ve not been able to call them or visit them, your next best option would be to send in your CV and cover letter via email.

Make sure that whatever way you contact them, tell them why you would like to work there in particular, as it shows you’ve done your research and would really like the opportunity. For more information about how to create the ideal CV and cover letter for work experience please see our cover letters and CV pages.

It’s also best of you can find the name of a specific person to contact within the company. Don’t send your name to the generic company email as there’s less of a chance they’ll email you back.

Unfortunately, you’ll find that lots of companies won’t have time to reply to your emails, letters and calls and may ignore them. Make a note of when you first emailed, who you spoke to on the phone or in person, or when you wrote to them and every week follow this up with another phone call or email. Although this might sound like a bit too much badgering, it will show that you are interested, positive and enthusiastic.

Return to: work experience