Sometimes it seems there is a conspiracy and the best jobs are hidden away for the select few. Good news – this isn’t true. Use informational interviews and networking to position yourself for the best jobs.
There truly is no conspiracy, but still, many experts say that up to 80% of job opportunities are never posted anywhere. Despite that intimidating stat, those who develop a solid strategy of informational interviews and networking shouldn’t have to worry.
Our guest today, Mac Prichard, owns and operates Prichard Communications, a public relations agency based in Portland, Oregon. He is also the founder and publisher of Mac’s List, an online community where professionals find rewarding, interesting jobs and employers find the best possible candidates. Most recently, Mac began hosting a great podcast called Find Your Dream Job.
Develop a strategy that includes informational interviews
Mac and I go deep into several practical strategies to make sure you are positioned for the best jobs, including how to approach informational interviews, even if you aren’t sure exactly what you want to do yet. We also explore a few strategies for getting more out of general networking and industry association events.
If you are trying to make a career or job change, get out a pen and paper and get ready for this conversation with Mac Prichard.
In this episode:
- The benefits of a community for job seekers and employers
- Strategies to combat the reality that 8 of 10 jobs are never “posted” anywhere
- What happens for people who give without expecting anything in return
- The enormous benefits of informational interviews
- A unique way to meet people and hear about opportunities at networking or industry events
- The importance of making your goals clear during an informational interview
- Where you can find the answers to major objections and unique ways to position yourself
- Asking for referrals during informational interviews
- How to conduct an informational interview
- The amount of time you need for an informational interview (it’s less than you might think)
- Making it easy for people to say ‘yes’
- How to approach networking events so it is less intimidating and overwhelming
- Why making strong connections within industry associations is more important than simply attending an event once or twice
- How to make the relocation process easier
- How to talk to people when you aren’t sure exactly what you want to do
- Mac Prichard’s LinkedIn Profile
- What to Do When it’s Your Turn (and it’s Always Your Turn), by Seth Godin
Music by Elijah from NOMADS