Archive for July, 2014
Often in a job hunt you may find that – as hard as you try – interviews are not rolling in and the number of jobs to apply for is lacking. How do you remain productive and continue to get your name out there as a top candidate when opportunities arise? One of the best networking techniques is setting up informational interviews.
First of all, an informational interview is NOT to be used as anything other than what it is intended to be – an opportunity to grow your network. Leverage people you know or connections of people you know to sit down with people in companies you would be interested in or in positions that mirror the next logical step in your career path. Pull these from friends, friends-of-friends, friends-of-relatives’ friends, etc.
An informational interview helps you better understand what skills you will need to land that next opportunity, expand your network, and will help hone your interview skills for the real thing.
Here are a few things you should remember with every informational interview:
It’s a fact of life – father time always wins – despite all of our efforts. As we mature and gain more experience, it is important critical to keep progressing and advancing your career. Inevitably, many HR and payroll professionals face having to find a job when we least expect it and at often times are in shock as they think “I thought I was going to retire from that company.”
How do you handle this? You could wring your hands and have a negative approach, or you can flip it around. Typically, more mature candidates are perceived to be more expensive than their less experienced counterparts. It is your job to show why your experience is worth the difference in investment.
Age doesn’t matter. Here are some tips to make your maturity / stage of your life come across as a strength to the hiring company. Ultimately, you hold the keys to this perception: