Well I am in the same boat; for me in a foriegn land with too many marketing graduates, it is hard to get a stable job with some future! SO I am not really on the ladder here. As on old fart too.
Now I happened to have an interview yesterday and it was pretty much front-loading to an actual offer, despite being purely speculative. Here is how I did it:
- I had contacted their investment-management firm before.
- Being curious in the area helped in 1 and lead to the contact
- I held off until after paternity
- I went back to the investors and got shoe horned a little, and good mouthed seemingly from their business developer
- I then sent a very, very short form post enquiry from the actual company's web site just with a couple of key words and followed this up with a phone call.
- I still had to send a CV and not present it myself, but this made it a little more formal.
- I was curious and motivated for the position
- I am open minded on what form the job takes
- I used a state- assisted training grant as an extra closing bait
- I was curious....
Firstly, lose any idea of geographical restriction. Maybe there is a firm in Scotland who you are interested in your chosen sector - add them to the list and be prepared to get a K-B but keep the door open while you are working elsewhere- in the english speaking world if it is so specialist!
Secondly find different ways into the company- contacts. Try to shoe horn in through some route or just go in for an investigation on what they do, or a work place shadowing type day. Also investor companies are a good source or route, because anything coming from them is taken seriously! If you get a recommendation " chat to this guy" from the VC or incubator boss then it is a huge amount self- brand equity you have earned without doing very much.
Maybe you go in from the bottom up otherwise- find a really tarty brand manager or what ever and get in on her back - the marketing director will be more open to her charms ( or "one of the flirty girls" from time to time them being a Sit-Pee)