Did you know that 80-85 percent of available jobs are not advertised? Instead they are filled by referrals. Networking allows you to tap into that hidden job market. Learn how to build a strong network of contacts to increase your likelihood of success during the job search. Download the Networking tipsheet (PDF) for tips on reaching out to contacts, how to best utilize the features on your LinkedIn profile, and more.
Different from a regular interview, informational interviews are when you reach out to someone with a position you’re interested in and “interview” them for about 30 minutes to learn about career options and get firsthand advice. You may ask questions, learn more about a company or organization, or seek out additional contacts and resources.
Tips for a successful informational interview:
- Be flexible—arrange a time that works best for your contact
- If possible, conduct your interview in person
- Prepare a list of questions to ask your contact
- Always follow up with a thank you note
For even more tips and information, download the Informational Interviews tipsheet (PDF).
LinkedIn and Social Media
Social media, particularly LinkedIn, is a powerful way to network. Download the Networking, Informational Interviewing, and LinkedIn (PDF) for information on how best to use the website for career management, personal branding, resumes, and making connections. You can also find some helpful tips to help you get started here. If you would like feedback on your LinkedIn profile, schedule an appointment or stop by for a drop-in.
You can also use LinkedIn to search for jobs and research salaries:
Employers also search other social media sites—such as Facebook and Twitter—for information on potential candidates. Therefore, it’s important for you to make sure that your posts, comments, and photos represent yourself in a professional manner.