There are numerous methods for trying to network into a company and/or
for trying to identify internal company contacts. These are some suggestions
of how/where to obtain contacts.
Friends and neighbors (many subdivisions have a homeowners email list; if you
have sent email to that list or watch the email thread, look at the return addresses;
although some will be from ISP's, others will be from companies. If there is
a copy of the homeowners booklet, check it out.
Recreation events - are you a member of a bowling, softball, skiiing team?
Your childrens' school - if you're a parent, you probably make contact with
other parents at school or through your children. Many of these folks have
jobs. Schools frequently have committees of various sorts.
Clubs - book club, social club, professional organizations.
User groups , such as in the RMIMA listing (Rocky Mountain Information Management Association);
Call company main phone: if don't appear open to discussion, try more creative
approaches. Ask for:
Technical support (most of us use Qwest for one reason or another)
Be prepared to explain what why you have asked to be transferred beyond the
Call company after normal business hours; many smaller companies have automated
recordings that will allow you to enter some digits relating to a name/division.
There are lots of business directories which include lists of Key Contacts;
you might just get lucky with one of them.
Find and join an email list that appeals to you or an organization
that interests you. Watch the email thread and pick out return addresses for folks
who work at a company on your interest list. You have a lot to gain, and nothing to
lose by sending email.