So you’ve heard a lot about informational interviews but don’t really get what they are?
an informational interview is a more casual (but still very
important!!) chat with someone where you get to ask them about what they
do, what advice they have for you, how to get into what they do and how
to find a job.
say you’re interested in working on the Hill. You know there’s a friend
of a friend of yours who works in some office. You ask that person if
you can take them for coffee, or pick their brain for 20 minutes about
what they do. You then get to meet with them and chat with them and
start a relationship with them (no no, not that kind. The networking
kind of relationship!). The idea is that you get to know a bit more
about what it’s like to work on the Hill and that person will let you
know when they hear of jobs that open up... and presto! You apply for
jobs and get hired! (Well not quite... but you get the idea...)
Go make your list of people you want informational interviews with and start to reach out!
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