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The Informational Interview: Job Search Strategies for Recent Grads


{#/pub/images/InformationalInterviews.jpg}Here are some great tips for Recent Grads to help you stand out ahead of the competition before you even send out a resume or apply for a job.

It's only natural by the time graduation comes along that college graduates start chomping at the bit to get out there and get that first job, jumping right into the job search process by getting on line to start filling out forms. Moving too fast down this path can set you up for failure, portray a bad impression and ultimately cause your dream job to pass you by.


There is a more productive process to consider and it includes conducting research via Informational Interviews.

Informational interviews are not job interviews. They are investigative opportunities for you to derive information about a job, company, industry, career space, or person.


Check out these 8 Tips for Conducting Great Informational Interviews. You become the interviewer on your quest to research target careers. Please take a look and let us know if it is something you are planning to do.


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The Informational Interview: Job Search Strategies for Recent Grads

Have you done any informational interviews? What did you do to make them work for you AND your contact?  Leave a comment on my community discussion page!


{#/pub/images/LeaMcLeod.jpg}Written by Lea McLeod, M.A., Founder & CEO, Degrees of Transition 

Lea works extensively with new grads who are tackling the job search for the first time.  She is a guest speaker, as well as facilitator of the “Find a Job Faster” Job Search Program and “Developing Patterns of Success” Workshop & Webinar series, bringing over 20 years of director level experience, most recently with Hewlett-Packard, managing, leading and serving worldwide employees. She holds a degree in Marketing from St. Bonaventure University, and a Master of Arts in Organization Development from Seattle University.


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