Friday, August 01, 2008

Informational Interviewing

There may be job openings of interest to you that are not listed online or in newspapers, so reach beyond your keyboard for your job search. Ask friends and colleagues for in-person informational interviews. An informational interview is not a job interview -- it's a meeting with someone to ask them questions about their line of work to see if their occupation is one you might like to pursue. You could also conduct an informational interview with someone to ask if they know of job openings in your current line of work. Unlike a job interview, you are the one asking the questions. If informational interviewing is new to you, read What's an Informational Interview? to learn how to prepare for one.

Informational interviews help you explore new career options and job opportunities, while building your professional network.

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