Have you ever been on an informational interview? It can be a great way to learn more about your dream job!
Make connections with people who can network you into the top opportunities within the area and then ask for the opportunity to meet with them where you can learn more about a specific company, industry, or job opportunity. When you schedule your informational interview, make it clear to the person that you are not asking them for a job, only for information which may be useful to your job search.
Use your time wisely during your informational interview. Prepare a list of questions ahead of time. Ask questions related to the type of work required in the position, what kind of preparation is required for success in the job, which skills are used most often in the job, what qualities are appreciated in successful employees, and what the individual thinks are the prospects of finding a position in this field.
Also be sure to ask questions which allow the person you are interviewing to talk about themselves. How did they get started in the field? What is their educational background? What is their favorite aspect of their job? What is the toughest part of their job? What did they wish they knew when they got started that they know now? What challenges/problems do they have that need solving?
Ask for their business card from write a personalized follow-up thank-you letter. Follow-up by emailing them your resume and cover letter only when appropriate, or if you’re asked to provide them.
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