Are you a job seeker who wants to work close to home but not sure which companies to approach? Other than shopping malls, there is a source to find a variety of companies concentrated in one area. They are known as business and industrial parks (or districts) and Peel Halton has lots of them. If you locate the “park” closest to where you live or want to work, you will have instant access to a multitude of companies, and potentially jobs.
Business Park: An area of land developed for offices.
Industrial Park: An area of land developed for factories and other industrial businesses.
Job Search Using Business/Industrial Parks
Personally visiting an employer is a great way to connect with them and avoid advertised positions. Employers may consider you more determined than other job seekers and they can put a face to an otherwise faceless resume! Decide if you want to work in an office environment or an industrial area or either one. Find the business/industrial park where you would like to work and research the companies. Don’t worry if they are advertising for a job or not; many companies don’t bother to put it on their website. You can find a list of business/industrial parks in Peel Halton at the end of this tip sheet.
From the article “What to Say When You Walk in to Apply for a Job”, here is what you need to do when you walk in to ask for a job.
Ask for the Manager
Instead of inquiring about job opportunities from the first employee you encounter, ask to speak to the manager, or ask who’s in charge of hiring. Other employees may not know if there are openings or may not have time to answer your questions, and you may get turned away. A manager, however, can tell you how many openings there are and how the hiring process works. He may even interview you right away. To increase your chances of getting a face-to-face meeting with the manager, call before you come in and ask for his name. If you simply ask for “the manager,” employees may think you’re a salesperson and tell you the manager’s not available.
Create a personal connection right away by introducing yourself. The first person you meet may be the manager, so it’s important to project confidence and establish rapport on your first encounter. By introducing yourself and shaking hands with everyone you talk to, you demonstrate that you’re friendly and personable. Tell them your first and last name and, if applicable to the position you’re applying for, tell them your occupation. For example, if you’re applying for a job at a restaurant, say “Hello, my name is Matt Smith. I’m a restaurant manager with 10 years’ experience.”
Request an Application
Get to the point right away, especially if you know the company is hiring or accepts applications on an ongoing basis. It’s important to show initiative. If you ask for an application, however, you show you know how the company’s hiring process works, and you can bypass the “gatekeepers” who might give you the brush off rather than taking the time to answer your questions.
Explain Your Qualifications
Prepare a short pitch that summarizes your qualifications and why you want to work at the company should you get to speak with the manager face-to-face. Instead of delivering your complete work history, select a few of your most impressive qualifications and prior jobs. Also, choose only those that show how you’re qualified for the position you’re applying for. In addition, explain why you’re applying there and how it fits into your long-term career plans. For example, tell the manager you recently visited the store and was impressed by its customer service and how efficiently it was run. Mention that you’ve been looking for an employer for whom customer satisfaction is a priority.
Find Business/Industrial Parks in Peel Halton
The following lists where the business/industrial parks are located in Peel Halton. They don’t list the tenants. You will have to do some research to find out this information, including: walking/driving by and looking at the signs; contacting the property management company and asking; or doing an internet search to see what may come up.
- Caledon: There are four industrial areas in Caledon: