Want to really shake-up your job search game and get more one-on-one interviews with hiring managers?
Try the Classy Career Girl's networking challenge (WARNING: This is not for the faint of heart! You gotta put on your brave, badass 'tude to tackle this one.)
Meet with 4 people you know and 4 people you don't know, every month for a set period of time (could be 1 month, could be a year, or anything in between).
Reach out to connections or cold-message potential connections to arrange an informational interview.
During your meeting, take the lead. Ask them questions about their job, their company, their career trajectory, challenges in their role or organization, and if they have any advice for you. Always end the interview by asking if there is anyone else that they could introduce you to - you never know, they could hand over a hiring manager's contact info!
Almost everyone has someone they can introduce you to. Also, the informational interview is rare - conducting one shows preparation, industry knowledge, and initiative - all the ingredients of getting referred into your target company!
Dying to hear results from anyone who's tried this! Shoot me an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or leave me a comment!
Tammy Banfield is a professional resume writer and certified career coach who specializes in helping talented and ambitious women advance their careers and find rewarding, fulfilling jobs. Working from her Canada-based office, Tammy has helped over 600 career seekers from around the world secure coveted positions. Connect with Tammy on Facebook, LinkedIn, or her Website.