“Directly contacting employers is one of the most successful means of job hunting. Through library and Internet research, develop a list of potential employers in your desired career field. Then call these employers and check their Web sites for job openings. Web sites and business directories can tell you how to apply for a position or whom to contact. Even if no open positions are posted, do not hesitate to contact the employer: You never know when a job might become available.”
This is the value of services like LinkedIn. It helps you to uncover whom might be approachable and allow you to dialog one-on-one. If you initiate an inquiry via LinkedIn’s inmail service, you have a point of context in which to follow up directly with specific managers. There are plans which are extremely affordable and it’s worth it’s weight in gold.