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“Want to chat over a cup of coffee?” How to start the conversation and build your network!

Posted By Sara Swezy, GAIN Intern, Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Check out this article for networking advice and examples. We’ve highlighted the most important steps for establishing and expanding your network!

Establish:
-Let everyone know that you are looking for a job! Including family, friends, neighbors, college alumni, etc. Ask if they know anyone in your desired field.
-Politely ask if you can have their contact information or if they will introduce you.

Expand:
-After the introductions, arrange to meet for half an hour for an informational interview over coffee or lunch, or possibly stop by their office.
-When you meet, do not ask them for a job! You are there to get advice, learn about their experiences and make more connections.
-Explain your career goals and what kind of position you are looking for.
-Ask if they can suggest anyone else for you to meet with… usually they will give you a couple contacts.
-After your informational interview, be sure to thank them by email or a handwritten note.
-Don’t forget to follow up- keep them updated on your job search and let them know you met with the people they suggested.

Online- LinkedIn:
-The process is slightly different, but check out this article from Career Builder and you’ll be on your way to establishing a large network!


For more networking advice, you can still purchase our Networking for a Job webinar online here!

Tags:  career advice  career development  informational interview  job seeking  Networking 

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