During your next job search, consider using LinkedIn for more than just scrolling job postings. You can engage with recruiters, hiring managers, or professionals in the role you desire. This strategy is much more effective than simply applying for positions.
Engaging with industry professionals lets you set up informational interviews. You can gather job search tips, career advice, and other sources of professional development. This helps you determine which positions fit your strengths and passion.
Informational interviews provide insight into working for a specific company that may interest you. You can learn about the benefits and challenges of the role and industry from an experienced professional. This helps you land the position you want to reach your career goals.
Discover how you can use LinkedIn networking to benefit your next job search.
Connect with Industry Professionals
Go to the LinkedIn page of the company you want to work for. Then, click the People tab.
Use the filter function to set the keywords you want to search for. This connects you with relevant professionals.
For instance, if you are looking for a marketing position, you could select “product marketing manager” under the Title area. This brings up professionals with the role in their profile.
Decide which of these professionals you would like to set up an informational interview with. Then, send a customized message with your request.
Customize Your Interview Request
Keep your request for an informational interview between 100 and 200 words. This encourages the professional to respond.
Read through the professional’s LinkedIn profile to find common ground. Include this detail in your message to create a personal connection.
Begin your request for an informational interview by greeting the professional with their name. Then, share why you are reaching out.
Make your message about the individual. Find a way to fill one of their needs.
Finish with a call to action. This may ask the professional if they are open to having a 30-minute call to provide insight about their experience working for their company.
Respectfully close your message by thanking the individual for their time. Include your signature.
Informational Interview Questions
Prepare 3-5 questions for each informational interview. Include questions specific to the professional’s background or experience.
Examples include the following:
- What are your daily responsibilities?
- What is your area of expertise?
- What does your career path in this field look like?
- What do you like most about your position?
- What are the biggest challenges in your role?
- Which skills are most important for your position?
- What are some tools you work with?
- Can you suggest some programs or resources I should explore?
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