Liz Ryan has worked in HR since 1980, is the author of “Reinvention Roadmap: Break the Rules to Get the Job You Want and Career You Deserve” and is a contributor to and LinkedIn. She’s written an article titled “Ten things I look for in a job candidate”. Here’s an abbreviated version of her […]

We all want to be our best selves in our spoken communication particularly when we need to connect with and impress others with our knowledge of a topic, present information persuasively, report on action taken or offer a cogent argument. One of the key ways in which we may sabotage this objective is with our […]

You’ve arrived at your interview, 10 or so minutes before the scheduled time. Perfect – not too early or too late. The thing to remember is that your interview started the minute you walked into reception. How best to use those minutes to impress? Be polite Reception and frontline staff are watching you and it […]

First impression counts, don’t let a phone interview muck up your chance!

Since March through May is a heavy recruitment time for summer internships and graduate positions, just about every second student coming into our office is asking for advice on interviews. Louise has written an excellent blog on this earlier in the month, and I thought I would just add a few additional tips. Just as […]

Exams, public speaking, interviews, starting a new job and networking – some of the most common situations that make people nervous (and in my case, watching a nail-biter of an America’s Cup boat race on TV this morning). For students, I think top of the angst-inducing list will be the job interview. The stakes are […]

Shaking hands – it seems simple right? But getting it wrong can give a very poor first impression and put you on the back foot (so to speak) before you’ve even started. A few days ago I shook hands with someone who had a very firm grip and held on for longer than I was […]

Are you sounding sincere, or desperate? Or are you merely dumping information? Most candidates: – sells what they have: their qualifications, academic achievements, experience, skills, knowledge… thinking that the more of these qualities they own, the better they are. BUT… Employers: – already have all this information on a candidate’s CV/Resume. They need something else […]

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:
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