Networking is one of the most important things you can do for your career, but how and when to network can be confusing. In this course, Informational Interviews, you'll gain the ability to network through informational interviewing. First, you'll explore the preparation before the interview. Next, you'll discover what you do when you're there. Finally, you'll learn what to do after you've finished the interview. When you're finished with this course, you'll have the skills and knowledge of informational interviewing to powerfully ramp up your networking.
Jason Alba is founder of JibberJobber.com, an online relationship manager for professionals to manage their career and job search. Jason is the author of I’m on LinkedIn – Now What??? and coauthor of I’m on Facebook – Now What??? and specializes in helping professionals with career management, network, and personal branding.
Course Overview Hi, everyone. My name is Jason Alba. Welcome to my course, Informational Interviews. I'm a Pluralsight author specializing in careers, soft skills, and professional development. I have been in the software space since 1999 and founded a software company for job seekers called jibberjobber.com. This course might be the most important soft skills course you can take for the future of your career. I learned about informational interviews when I was in a job search and have since realized that informational interviews are perhaps the most effective networking technique there is, and not just for job seekers. We have heard that a high percentage of jobs are found through networking. The same could be said about new contracts, projects, and promotions. Networking is one of the most important things you can do for your career, but how and when to network can be confusing. In this course, I walk you through the ins and outs of networking with informational interviews. Some of the major topics we'll cover include, what the four objectives of every informational interview are, critical components of your meeting preparation, how to have a great conversation around questions in the meeting, and various ways to follow up after the informational interview. By the end of this course, you'll feel confident that you can network and that you'll network in a way that will be worth your time and effort. You'll feel empowered knowing you are doing something for your career objectives. There aren't any prerequisites before beginning the course, except for a passion and interest in professional development. From here, you should feel comfortable diving into informational interviews with courses on Understanding Your Audience, Becoming a Better Listener, and How to Run Effective Meetings. I hope you'll join me on this journey to learn more about better networking with the Informational Interviews course at Pluralsight.