‘Tis the season of graduation parties, Fourth of July gatherings, and summer cookouts…and the subsequent conversations with family and friends. For those of us who are in the job hunt, this leads to the inevitable question, “How is the job search going?” The wording may be a bit different, but the theme is the same. So to prepare you for these get-togethers, I will offer some tips of things you can be doing to help you deliver a solid response.
“Thanks for asking Uncle Jimmy, in fact next week I have three informational interviews set up to discuss the XYZ field and possible careers within.” Sounds like a great response to the dreaded questions about your job search…so why not make it your answer by setting up informational interviews with professionals in your target field?
Use the ND Alumni group on LinkedIn or Irish Online (alumni.nd.edu) to find alumni who work in your career field of interest. Send them an email asking for a 10-15 minute meeting or phone call (if not local) to discuss their experience in the field and advice they would pro-vide someone who is looking to break into the field. Review the Career Center‟s Networking Guide to help you get started in your efforts.
Remember, networking takes time and effort – it requires a commitment – and it will never generate a 100% response rate. It may take some time for you to find your voice with regards to reaching out to professionals, but if you keep at it and ask for advice, eventually you will discover what works for you in your outreach.
More ideas for the Summer Job Search will be shared throughout the week.