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Career Corner: Preparing for your First Informational Interview Tip #5

An informational interview is setting up a time to speak to someone in your chosen field, so that you may learn what it is really like to work in that field, and learn about possible career opportunities

Here’s our last tip to help you get started:

Tip #5: Send a hand-written thank you note

Be sure to get the mailing address of the person with whom you’re interviewing. If they referred you to someone else, let the original contact know if/when you connected with them and how it went. Thank everyone "in your path" who may have led you to the informational interview. During your career search this is a very important tip – thank everyone along the way and keep them posted on your progress as appropriate. You don’t want to bombard them with information but make sure they know you appreciate their time and effort on your behalf.

An informational interview could result in you knowing a few things about your chosen industry that you didn’t know before! You might be surprised at what you discover. If you like what you hear, this could be the motivating force for a terrific new job in the near future. Or, it could prevent you from making a career move that doesn’t suit who you are. That’s why it’s so important to get out there, ask questions and learn from people in the know. Your future dream career is worth the extra effort!

If you need help with this, you know where to find me.

Best of luck,

Hallie Crawford
Career Coaching