We all like to be appreciated for what we do well. When someone asks me a question about resumes or other career topics, I’m always happy to answer, or at least refer the person to where they can get the answer. I like to think this is because I’m a giving, altruistic person. But, in all honesty, there’s ego involved, too. Knowing someone appreciates my expertise makes me want to talk. (My friends will confirm this.)
That is why I recommend people conduct informational interviews. Because if you ask someone to offer their advice, showing respect for their success, they will likely want to share. Is it only that we like to pay it forward?
Sometimes, but I’m not unique; people like to hear themselves talk about the things they know. Either way, having a specific agenda with pointed questions will get you further in your networking efforts than the vague request of asking your connection out to coffee.
So, how do you set up an informational interview? It can be hard to ask for a favor. Many job seekers procrastinate on setting up informational interviews or networking meetings because they are afraid of being rejected.
If you follow the guidelines in this post, you’ll be much more likely to get a positive response. Read on to learn how to set up these valuable meetings.
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