Gone are the days when the perfect job would fall into your lap (if they ever existed?). You have to work hard to find a job these days and I know there are a lot of you out there who are struggling.

I posted back in September 2010 asking whether you were doing all you can to find a job. Are you being creative enough? Are you pushing yourself to explore other avenues? I’ve spoken with a few people recently who are tired of waiting for the jobs to appear so they are preparing to conduct the ‘Information or Research Interview’. What exactly is an Information Interview?  It involves “talking with people who are currently working in the field to gain a better understanding of an occupation or industry — and to build a network of contacts in that field”.  

Why should you do this though? Why bother? We have this fantastic site on our Vic Careers website that takes you through step by step on the why and how.  Here are the website’s top 5 reasons for conducting the information interview:

  • to explore careers and clarify your career goal
  • to expand your professional network
  • to build confidence for your job interviews
  • to access the most up-to-date career information
  • to identify your professional strengths and weaknesses

“You gain invaluable interviewing experience and you gain visibility. In short, informational interviewing prepares you for what’s in store and allows you the opportunity to network with others in your field of interest.”

I personally think it’s a gold mine of an idea for those of you keen to tap into your chosen industry and find out more. Plus you get to ask these types of handy questions:

  • “How did you get your job?
  • What jobs and experiences have led you to your present position?”
  • “Can you suggest some ways a student could obtain this necessary experience? “

All good things to know if you covet their job. Plus it’s a way of assessing whether the career, the work, the industry or the company are right for you. So, check out the website and start researching!!

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