Friday, May 13, 2011

If a friend referred you


Often, networking helps, and a friend refers you for an opening or tells you who is the best person to contact.

Before you send your resume, advises Jack W Mulligan, you may want to ask that the friend warm up the contact—and call.

Even with that call, most of the time when you call, you will end up leaving a voicemail. So be sure to mention the referring person.

Try to make it an informational interview—“[The friend] says you are so well informed on the company and its upcoming projects and I would like to know more. I will only take a few minutes of your time.

Then do your homework on the company, bring a business card, and as Mulligan puts it—be impressive.

This is what we used to call an informational interview. They can be a little vague--be careful about that. If the person seems harried, cut it short.

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