Informational interviewing is one way for job seekers to gather first-hand knowledge about potential employers while establishing rapport with contacts at those organizations that may be able to help with a search. Steve Dalton, in “The 2-hour Job Search” suggests thinking of yourself as an “information seeker” while the person you want to interview is an “information keeper.” This approach will help you concentrate on gathering data instead of putting the person you are speaking with on the spot by asking for a job.
LinkedIn Job Search
Your profile photo on LinkedIn is very important. According to LinkedIn, “members with photos receive 21 times more profile views and up to 36 times more messages.”
Take advantage of LinkedIn features to get attention. For example:
1. Write your own headline,
2. Elaborate on job titles,
3. Take advantage of the space available to you in narrative dialog boxes,
4. Make LinkedIn your online portfolio, and
5. Be active on LinkedIn after you establish your profile.
Here are a few of the questions and answers we discussed, along with information I’ve learned from other sources:
1. What is an applicant tracking system?
2. Does every employer use an applicant tracking system?
3. How challenging is it for someone applying for a job to get through the system?
4. Can a candidate “get around the system” when applying for a job?
A few steps you can take during the holiday break include:
1. Filling your resume and profile with facts and figures,
2. Providing context for your accomplishments,
3. Creating a narrative hiring teams will read or skim quickly,
4. Making it “easy for the customer to buy,”
5. Concentrating on text instead of graphics, and
6. Using text sizes that help recruiters read your resume.