Category: Informational Interview

How to Follow-Up with a Contact

Follow up is one of the most  important parts of networking.  It doesn’t matter if you are in a formal interview or talking with an acquaintance on your softball team, follow-up is crucial to engaging and building.  In the last part of our series on informational interviews, we explore follow-up for this type of networking. Read More

Making Informational Interviews Work for You

Informational interviews are an invaluable tool for today’s job search. While you never actually ask for a job during an informational interview, many do lead directly or indirectly to employment opportunities down the road. In part one of our series on information interviews, we look at why you should do informational interviews. Read More

Video Friday: Using LinkedIn Groups to Network

You know LinkedIn is a great networking tool, but are you using it to to its fullest?  In today’s video, Jobfully Social Media Marketing Manager Dennis Grubbs explains how to use LinkedIn Groups to make connections. Read More

Surefire Ways to Ruin a Networking Conversation

You’ve identified a great networking contact and set up a conversation.  Whether at a networking event, a networking meeting, or a chance encounter, this is your big opportunity. Don’t blow it with these networking blunders:

Dull opening. Beginning a conversation with “How is it going?” is hardly compelling. Instead be prepared with a strong opening line that shows you have a clear purpose for the meeting and begins the conversation.  Examples of interesting opening lines are, “You have a fascinating background and I would love to hear more about your career path,” or, “I’m very interested in the work you are doing and the skill set required.”  At networking events you might try, “What brings you to this event?”

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