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Networking Interviews???? - February 26, 2009, 08:46 PM

I have been advised by my professor at school to send out letters asking for networking interviews rather than job openings. I am looking in the marketing and advertising industry.

Anyone in hiring or own their own company that think this is a good idea to get my foot in the door and network without the "do you have a job" talk.

Also any suggestions to make this work best.



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February 26, 2009, 09:17 PM

It sounds like the "informational interview" by another name. I've done that with profs of other departments while in grad school. It was really helpful. Pick senior people in your field of interest, someone you admire and respect. Most will be flattered that you are approaching them simply to learn something from them. You may get one or two who turn you down.

The nice thing about these is that you can say stupid things, they will correct you, and both of you are in a totally different situation than job hunting so that this can be a little bit more natural. In one of mine I asked the senior prof about interviewing and ran some of my answers to the classic interview questions by her. Right away after mentioning one of my prepared answers, she said, "Oh no, don't say that. Don't say anything like that."

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February 26, 2009, 10:20 PM

That's a pretty cool idea, professionally.

I've had success "accidentally" meeting the right people in a bar, at the mall, etc.

Gotta make it not look totally stalkerfied though....

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