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This strategy we outline is by far the easiest, most enjoyable, and no-pressure way to meet people working in the company and career you wish to work in. These people will help you embark on a new career or land a new job.

You will be able to make lifelong friends, colleagues, and career mentors. Simply reach out to this group when it is time to find a job- they will help find it for you. 85% of jobs are gotten through personal contacts and never advertised to the public.

It is a no-pressure approach that is pleasant for both you and the person you are contacting.

You will immediately begin to make connections. This strategy is relevant for all career seekers-those changing careers or those choosing to stay in their current career. When doing a job search in the future, you just reach out to your existing network of colleagues.

You are going to primarily be using LinkedIn to build your own personal network of “career mentors”. I would spend some time on LinkedIn learning the in’s and out’s. Spending a couple of hours learning LinkedIn is a wise investment and will pay dividends during your job search.

HOW TO USE LINKEDIN


  • Join lots and lots of LinkedIn groups that are in your chosen field. - You can mention these “shared groups” when you contact someone.
  • Follow companies that interest you.
  • Search for people having “job titles” that interest you.
  • Search “content” that interests you, etc…

LinkedIn will allow you to search using a number of parameters. For example, if you want to work as a “web developer” you could search for “people” that currently are “web developers” in your “chosen field” and “chosen city”. See screenshot below (Matt- input screenshot of this search)

They would be a good target for an informational meeting if you were looking for work as a “web developer”. Some of the more advanced LinkedIn search parameters require a paid account. Again, spend some time learning the different ways you can search within LinkedIn

How To Create A Professional LinkedIn Profile/Resume


  • Click Here for directions on how to write a LinkedIn profile.
  • Click Here for directions on how to write a great resume.

LinkedIn changes often-so make sure you edit your profile so it stays up to date. Most LinkedIn searches can be done with a “free membership”.

LinkedIn changes often so I would investigate what the current premium membership offers.

Paying a few dollars a month for a more efficient job search is a very small price to pay.

4 Template – Asking For An “Informational Meeting” Your goal is to set up “informational meetings” with your chosen contacts.

Below is an “example” we wrote on how to EASILY set up informational meetings with these contacts.

Example:

“Hi Paul, My name is Jane Smith. I came across your name by doing a search for experts in the field of (immigration law, etc..) and a member of (Boston University Alumni Association, Immigration Law Foundation, etc…)

I would love to get your career advice for 15-20 minutes. I have researched the field of (immigration law, etc..) and believe it could be a great lifelong career fit. I am working part-time as a (paralegal, etc..) and am committed to making a (mid-career switch, finding a career where I can help others improve the quality of their lives, etc..)

You have impressive and extensive experience in the field of (immigration law, etc..). I was especially interested in your (personalize this to their specific experience/role, etc..) Do you think I could pick your brain? Love to learn more about your job and what motivated you to choose (immigration law, etc..) as a career and your (law school experience, etc..)?

I know you are a busy person. I will not take more than 15-20 minutes of your time. I can meet you for coffee or at your office…or wherever it’s convenient. I will work around your schedule!

Would it be possible for us to meet? Perhaps this coming Wednesday or Thursday?”

Thank You,
Jane Smith

How To “Connect With Someone” using LinkedIn, Email, FB, etc..


When you “connect” with someone on LinkedIn you are limited to how many characters can be written to introduce yourself. So, the above example would need to be shortened a bit. This “template” works for experienced professionals as well as those just entering the workforce.

You will find that many people will be willing to help you as long as you make it easy for them. Make sure your request for an “informational meeting” is succinct. Do not message someone your entire life story. I would recommend having a friend/colleague double-check your template.

They could give you some valuable feedback. Our advice is to look at someone’s profile and oftentimes you can find other ways to contact them – FB, Twitter, personal email, or their current employer email address. You can also do a quick web search using their name.

Here is an article that discusses how to find someone’s email. If too many people do not respond to your invitation, LinkedIn might restrict your account.

Therefore, we recommend other avenues of messaging someone and if that is not possible- use LinkedIn.

This article discusses this strategy and how to remove LinkedIn restrictions if they occur. If you feel a specific contact is really strong you can send them both a LinkedIn invite and an email.

The nice thing about email as compared to LinkedIn is that you can resend your email in 7 Days if your contact does not respond.

What Is Your Job Search Mode?


You can modify your template depending on if you are in:
“Job Search Mode” or “CareerInvestigation/PurposeMode”

Job Search Mode: Make changes to the template so it resonates with your style, personality, current career level, how you first found this person, etc… The goal is ALWAYS to meet in person. If you can’t meet in person then look to do a phone, Zoom, or Skype meeting. You are looking for an “informational meeting” not a “job interview meeting”. People will respond much better to this sort of meeting request. You can create yourself a standard “LinkedIn/email template” similar to our example but make sure to personalize based on each specific contact.

Mission/Career Investigation Mode: This is when you are not actively looking for a job. You are seeking information from the contact to determine if the specific career, industry, or organization fits your career purpose/goal. You would make changes to the above template discussing your desire to get a better understanding of the career, industry, or organization rather than saying it is your passion/lifelong career fit, etc…

Job Search Websites- Should I Use Them?


Our advice is to initially spend no more than 1 hour per day on the job search websites-indeed, monster, CareerBuilder, etc… As we mentioned, the majority of good jobs are gotten through personal contacts and not filling out a blind online application.

Many companies are using sophisticated software to screen and block your resume before it ever reaches the hiring manager. This is why you need to connect with people that will personally introduce you to the hiring manager. You can use a combination strategy.

If you applied via the company website/job board for a “web developer” position at ABC corporation, you can go to LinkedIn and connect with the current web developers at ABC corporation. These connections can help you get an interview rather than your resume getting lost in some human resources email box. Look at this screenshot for a visual/written explanation. (NEED TO LINK)

How To Treat Your Contacts


ALWAYS ask your LinkedIn contacts if they can recommend another contact you can speak with. Once you get a job KEEP in contact with these people. At some point, you will be looking for another job and you will need them again.

BE GENEROUS with your time and give back to your contacts. Ask them if they want you to keep an eye on certain companies, people, roles as you are conducting your job search. Your job search may provide some value to them. In the beginning, the primary thing you can give back is appreciation. Often times that is all people need…

List Of Questions To Ask Your Contacts


Create a standard list you will ask your contacts. Here is a small sample you can customize to your specific needs:

  • Discuss if the specific career, industry, and/or organization fits with your career goal/career purpose
  • How did you get into the industry
  • Advice for me to break into the industry and/or your company
  • Do I have the very basic qualifications to get the job I am targeting?
  • How can I build my resume/qualifications?
  • How can I differentiate myself from the competition?
  • Any people you recommend I should talk to in your company, other companies, your contacts
  • Can I use your name when contacting the contacts you just gave me?
  • Any further research I should do?
  • What do you like/do not like about company, industry, or role?
  • These informational interview questions should be tailored to your goals and the contact you are speaking with.
  • The links below contain informational interview questions and/or information about networking/career exploration:
    1. http://www.iseek.org/jobs/infointerviews.html
      Informational Interview Questions Additional

WHAT I NEED TO DO EVERY DAY


  • Your goal is to go on 1 informational meeting per day
  • That would be a minimum of 5 informational per week. Preferably the informational meetings should be in person
  • After 2 months you would now have 40 relevant contacts in your field looking out for open positions
  • In our experience, you should be able to get at least 1 informational meeting for every 20 emails/LinkedIn messages you send out (5% response rate)
  • If you are not getting a 5% response rate to your “request for an informational meeting” we suggest you edit your template (link) so it resonates better with your career mentors. Remember to make the effort and personalize each of your messages. Applying via the Internet or Job Boards- Initially, we recommend spending only about 1 hour per day on this strategy. After applying via the Internet/Job Board remember to follow this strategy (Link)

Weekly Follow-Ups – Every week send all of your contacts a follow-up email with an interesting and relevant industry article along with a synopsis of how you are doing in life, mission, and job search. The more relevant contacts you can call every 2 weeks rather than email. In our experience, it is impossible NOT to get a job if you have 25+ people in your field actively keeping an eye out for your next job opportunity.

How To Stay Organized – We highly encourage you to keep a spreadsheet with the name of each of your contacts, position, company, phone, email, LinkedIn profile, notes on your “informational meeting, and track every time you send them a weekly follow-up email or have a phone call. In the future you will need to do another job search- the ability to go back to this spreadsheet is invaluable.

Other Articles/Strategies You May Find Helpful


Career Guide – How To Get A Job – It will take you about 30 minutes to read through this link. It provides a very nice overview/video of the ENTIRE job search process-not just how to set up an informational interview. Halfway down the page, there is a paragraph labeled “how to get referrals”. In this paragraph you will see a link to “best email scripts we’ve found”-this is WORTH READING.

Industry Group Strategy – I would join all the industry groups in your chosen field. Here is a link that will help you search NEXT, CALL the industry group admin and ask what members of the organization would be willing to speak with you. You can leverage your relationship with the industry group admin to set up an informational meeting with your chosen contact.

University Graduate Strategy: If you are a university graduate call the career services department. They can connect you with alumni in the field you wish to investigate. Also, join your university group on LinkedIn. Alumni connections are powerful PICK UP THE PHONE AND CALL rather than email or LinkedIn messaging your contacts