I Graduated… What Now?

Lessons and advice on the job search from one recent graduate to another.

It’s Your Turn To Ask Questions

Ever thought about seeking out an informational interview? This situation is reverse-role, allowing YOU to seek out the information you want, and puts the professional in the hot seat.

Informational Interviewing, a session where you seek advice from a professional rather than a position, is a great way to learn more about the field you are interested in, or gain additional knowledge about careers you are thinking about pursuing.

Most employers are open to this type of interviewing, as you are not asking anything more of them than to share their knowledge. Also, this gives them an inside look into what job seekers are looking for.

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Make sure not to waste anyone’s time, including your own. This is your chance to pick the brain of someone who holds the position you think you’d like. Be sure to have well thought-out questions prepared and have a goal in mind. Great questions include: How did you get where you are now? What are the benefits/downfalls about your field? What advice do you have for those aspiring to be where you are now? What skills sets are most important to be successful in this position?

Informational interviewing has been around for years, in the form of career shadowing days and guest speakers in class. But, it can also be very beneficial to those looking to enter the job force. Take it upon yourself to find someone that is where you want to be, and set up an informational interview.

P.S… Don’t forget your thank-you note!

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November 5, 2009 - Posted by | Advice | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. This is a very good email… I wish I would have read this before college. I love what you say about putting them on the hot seat. That’s how you engage your employers being different! Using this strategy of getting advice is also a subtle way to say hire me! Love it.

    Comment by Rob Coats | November 5, 2009 | Reply


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