Getting past customer service and contacting corporate offices is often difficult if you do not know any direct contact numbers. If you want to contact a decision maker in the company you need personal phone numbers or other direct contact information. It may be more practical to try to contact a middle level manager. If you directly try to contact the CEO or any of the top level managers, it is most likely that you will just be given access to voice mail or asked to leave your message. If you try to contact a middle level person, your chance of being passed on to the person or his department is more.
Visit any industry search website on the Internet. Many of these sites allow you to search for U.S. as well as international companies. Examples of these websites are Hoover’s, Manta and The Consumerist. Links to some industry search websites are listed in the resources section.
Search for the company you want to find the number to. Enter the company name in the search box. You can narrow your search by first selecting the location and industry category if you know these details.
Press the ‘Search’ button to execute the search. You will get the list of matching companies. Click on the name of the company you are interested in.
The phone number, along with other details of the company will be listed. In most cases you will get information like the company address, phone, fax and email. Some sites list the names of top level executives along with their email address and other contact information.
Many sites provide company profiles and financial reports. You may be required to pay for these services. Though the basic search is free on most websites, you may need to register to get more details and contact numbers. If you do not get the phone number from any of the industry listings mentioned, you can try an Internet search with popular search engines like Yahoo! or Google. Search using the company name and location.