You could get a job by applying for one, but did you know that about 80% of jobs aren't advertised publicly?
Watch the video below to learn more about why and how networking is the best way to get a job, and then read on for tips about how to do it right.
When you do an informational interview, your immediate goal is not to get a job. Instead, you're playing the long game.
Informational interviews are networking conversations with professionals in a field you're interested in - and they're one of the best ways to learn the inside scoop about the field, while also building the connections that will eventually land you a job.
You may feel awkward making arrangements to talk with people you don't know about their work. However, most people actually enjoy taking a few moments out of their day to reflect on their professional life and to give advice to someone with an interest in their field.
In order to get the most out of your networking with the following three steps:
- Use your mentor to kickstart your networking.
- Identify prospective contacts and reach out to schedule informational interviews
- Prepare for the informational interview and follow up
The advice is adapted from the Career Center's Interview guide published by the University of California Berkeley: From the UC Berkeley Interview Guide.