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Unformatted text preview: LOS ANGELES CAREER OPPORTUNITIES SINCE I988 War/(121g - FEBRUARY 24 — MARCH 17, 2003 War/ll WORKINGWORLD.COM “I FOUND A GREAT JOB” THANKS, WORKING WORLD Part of Life MAKE NETWORKING WORK FOR YOU ”I’m Suffering From Depression CAN I COME IN LATER, LEGALLY?” Working Smart ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY QUOTES, AND MORE! Net 8 Easy Steps W0 rk YOUR WAY TO A JOB BY JAMES J. OWENS You know more than you think you do. Ever ask someone for a referral to a good movie? Guess what, you were networking! Now apply that skill to your job search. any people cringe at the thought of Mnetworking. Job applicants moan, "I hate cold calling," "I feel like I am selling myself," "People will think I'm just using them." But networking is actually a part of everyone's daily life. What do you do when you want to find out about a good movie, restaurant, barber, or manicurist? Most people ask someone they know for a recommendation. In other words, they network. Networking is simply the process of talking to others about something that interests you to find more information. In this instance, the topic that interests you is your job search. You can network through many different avenues, including school or university contacts or alumni associations, family, friends, trade organizations, not-for-profit organizations, seminars, and so on. I once had a candidate tell me, "IfI hear the word networking one more time, I’ll vomit." I thought that was a very unfortunate comment, since networking is a lifelong process and absolutely vital to success. Once you’ve made contact with people, try to keep them in your network by touching base every few months. They might not be able to help you now, but they will almost certainly be able to help you at some point. Also, you can be fairly certain that you will be able to help the other people in your network in the future. DEAR READERS: This is the third in a 5-part series on conducting a successful job search. Look for “Interviewing” next issue. 20 WORKING WORLD FEBRUARY 24. 2003 Check out Workingworldcon ‘ The I nformatiOnal Interuieu) ' One of the most commonly overlooked forms of networking is informational interviewing, which can provide you with valuable knowledge about the mar- ketplace and build a network of contacts that can lead you to your ideal job. Informational interviews are meetings with people who work for companies or in positions that might potentially interest you. It is a process of doing research. By the time you start to seriously interview for actual job openings that interest you, you will be extremely knowledgeable and able to impress interviewers with your knowledge. Networking and the Informational Interview go hand-in-hand. Here are some tips to help you master the process. Step 1 Establish the Goal Write down the job and/ or the industry you would like to research and learn more about. Step 2 Develop A Networking Contacts Database On a piece of paper, or preferably in a computer program such as Excel, create a spreadsheet with the headings listed below. You will use this spreadsheet to track everyone you have contacted. Step 3 Brainstorm Contacts Begin by listing family, friends, acquaintances and business contacts: anyone who can potentially help you learn more about your goal or lead you to others who can teach you more about your goal. Each person should initially be given one line in your spreadsheet. contact Referred Referred ‘Date Info. _ By To Tel: Fax: I i Holes Name ‘fltla ‘ E-mail: l Step 4 Research Research potential industries, companies, and functions that interest you. In doing your research you will come across names that you can add to your networking database. Referrals certainly make the process easier, but you don’t always need to be referred by someone. I have contacted people I’ve come across in newspaper articles who have been extremely helpful. In contacting them, I stated where I’d read about them and they were impressed by my research. Step 5 Make Contact It is always best to contact people you don’t know by e-mail or by mail before calling them. Sending a quick note to explain who referred you, what you are interested in, and that you will only take 20-30 minutes of their time, will prepare people for your telephone calls and reduce your anxiety about "cold—calling." Typically leave one week between the time you send your letter or e-mail and the time you contact the person by phone. Also, remember that most people have busy lives and you are not their top priority. Therefore, be prepared to contact them two or three times at polite intervals of a week or two before actually making contact; you want to be perceived as a persistent professional, not a pest. ”A” .——.... I; :. ‘AIA—ltl—A ‘AIA—IA \Mf'tcatznur: \MnDt n 10 Helpful INFORMATIONAL INTERVIEW Questions 1. How did you get into this field? 2. What do you enjoy most about your career? 3. What do you find most challenging? 4. What five attributes or skills do you think are essential in order to achieve success in this field? 5. What are the major changes your industry faces over the next five to 10 years? 6. How does your company position itself against its competitors? 7. Describe your typical day. 8. Given my experience, what do you recommend I do to enhance my chances of finding a position in this field? 9. Do you know of any potential openings? 10. Can you think of two or three other people I might contact who could previde me with additional information about their experiences? BEDDIIADV n4 Anna 61 Step 6 Know Your Goals During the informational interview, you want to achieve the following: I Learn more about your contacts experience. I Inform your contact about your experience and interests. I Seek advice on how you can successfully conduct your job search. I Obtain referrals to other contacts who can provide you with additional information (set a goal of obtaining two to three contacts per informational interview. Most people won’t be willing to refer you to 10 contacts, but will consider two to three). I Learn about any potential job opportunities with— in the contact’s company, or at other companies with which they are familiar. Step 7 Conducting the Informational Interview I Dress appropriately. This varies depending upon the industry, but business attire is usually preferred. If you have questions, call ahead and ask the recep— tionist how people dress. I Arrive 10 minutes ahead of schedule. I Establish rapport and set the stage by reminding them who you are, how you contacted them and what your goals are. I Ask questions based upon your research (refer to the sidebar for some helpful informational interview questions). I Learn the names of other people who might be helpful to you in the future. I Thank them for their time, and ask if you can contact them in the future as other questions arise. Step 8 Follow Up Immediately add any contacts or referrals to your Networking Contacts Database. E-mail a thank you or send the person a type-set thank you letter. If people provide you with names of additional con- tacts, make sure you keep them posted when you meet with the people they referred you to. Remember that once people are in your network, you want to keep them there. Try to touch base with your contacts with brief telephone calls or e-mails every few months. 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