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LinkedInOne thing that I always tell my career coaching clients is that LinkedIn is not optional in your job search. Recruiters and employers are reporting that 80% of their recruiting is conducted through LinkedIn. You can’t just post your profile and let it sit there. You have to make sure that you are actively connecting with people to fully leverage LinkedIn and your networking efforts online.

For example, I asked my career coaching client, Lisa, if she could identify a potential informational interview from her LinkedIn connections. One person she chose was a woman in one of her industry specific LinkedIn groups. Because of their mutual participation in the LinkedIn group, Lisa felt comfortable reaching out to her. The woman was kind enough to give her tips about how to strengthen her position in her job search. This is great example of how beneficial networking through LinkedIn can be.

We recently received some positive feedback about our LinkedIn Consulting. Here’s what they had to say…

“I am thankful for the guidance and clarity you [Stacy] are providing me on our career coaching journey. Your skill at your craft is quite evident in the way that you have transformed my LinkedIn page. These changes have proven quite powerful as made apparent by the number of inquiries I have received since you made the changes.” – R.S., Maryland

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Hallie Crawford
Job Search Coach

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Informational InterviewInformational interviews are a very important part of the career transition process. This is your chance to make a good first impression in your job search. One of the ways to do that when you’re conducting an informational interview is to prepare your questions in advance. Send them to the interviewee in advance as well.

I love it when people do this with me because it shows me:

1) This person is serious about learning about career coaching

2) They are on the ball and sharp

3) How I can help them so I feel better about spending my time with them!

So don’t just walk into your informational interview unprepared. Take the time to write out between 5-7 questions you want to ask the potential employer. Send it to them ahead of time, and don’t be shy when you talk to them!

Hallie Crawford
Job Coach

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Job Search ToolI recently had a great interview with Jada Graves from USNews.com about informational interviews and I wanted to share some additional thoughts with you based on that conversation. Here’s a link to the article I was interviewed for as well: http://money.usnews.com/money/careers/articles/2012/07/26/what-is-an-informational-interview-anyway

I think informational interviews are one of the most underutilized tools in career transition. People either don’t know about them, or are uncomfortable conducting them and reaching out to people they don’t know to learn more about an industry.

Informational interviews are one of the best tools you have at your disposal to expand your network in a new field for you, learn about what it’s like to work in that industry and to possibly land a job as a result of that networking. Don’t be shy. Many of my career coaching clients initially hesitate to reach out to people to set up interviews like this, and I understand that hesitation, especially when the contact is cold or someone that you don’t know.

I encourage you to get over that hesitation. You need to realize that people do these every day. It’s an incredibly helpful tool in your job search, and the worst thing the contact can say is no or just ignore your request!

So get over your fears. Find that confidence inside you that has taken risks in the past, and reach out to your network to find people you can talk with. Set a goal for a certain number of interviews per week as well and stick to it! Good luck and I hope this is helpful to you.

Hallie Crawford
Career Transition Coach

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Check out my latest YouTube video where I share why it is important to send your informational interview questions to your contact in advance. Watch this video to learn how it can make a great impression and get you closer to your dream job.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

 

Job CoachesI was on a group coaching call a few weeks ago and my client Farah shared a great success story. Farah has decided that she wants to become a medical illustrator. As part of her research into this field and to learn more about it and whether it would be a fit for her, I suggested she try to find illustrators she could talk to for a few minutes to learn more.

She didn’t have anyone in her network so she found an association online where she found a directory of their members. She started with the letter “A” in alphabetical order and picked up the phone and started calling each of them. By the letter “D” in the list, she had already conducted 5 interviews with people who were very friendly and willing to speak to her! Not everyone will have as a great of a success story with this process, but it goes to show that networking works!

Don’t be shy when it comes to finding the right career. Pick up the phone and do what it takes to start scheduling those informational interviews!

Hallie Crawford
Job Coaching

P.S. Be sure to check out our FREE REPORT: “Take Control of Your Career Transition: Uncover Hidden Opportunities” to further help you in your job search.

This YouTube video is reminder of the enormous value of talking to people you know about your career. Brainstorm with others and conduct informational interviews in fields you’re interested in, even if you’re not sure they’re a fit yet. Everything you learn can bring you closer to the right career path.

Hallie Crawford
Certified Career Coach

Watch my latest video as I discuss the importance of informational interviews. One of my career coaching clients recently conducted two informational interviews and was able to determine what career path he wanted to pursue. This can be a crucial step to determining what career is a fit for you. Talk to people in the field you are interested in, because that is how you will get firsthand knowledge about what it’s like to work there.

Hallie Crawford
Career Transition Coach

  • It's a way to learn what it's really like to work in that field and discover possible career opportunities that exist in that company or at other organizations.
  • It's a chance to get the inside perspective before you jump into that field and accept a job offer you might regret later.
  • It’s an opportunity to get to know someone in that field, make a connection, and possibly land a job in the future.
  • It's a way to find out who else you can network with in your field and begin to establish your professional network.
  • It's an excellent means of practicing your interview skills without the pressure of having to land the job on the spot!

If you need help with your career transition, contact us for a complimentary phone consultation.

Here's to having a career you love!
Hallie Crawford
Career Transition Coach

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