No matter how tight the job market may be, the best way to edge ahead of your competition is usually pretty simple: just identify the skills and credentials you possess that nobody else can bring to the table, and build your case for employment around these skills. If you don’t actually have a unique set of qualifications, or even if you do, you can also take steps during the application process that your competitors probably won’t consider, or won’t have the determination, patience, or social savvy to enact.
For example, consider lining up a series of informational interviews. These are interviews you’ll conduct on your own terms with professionals, experts, and established mentors in your chosen field. To identify these people and carry out your interviews effectively, start by taking the steps below.
Remember two simple truths that apply to most busy working people: 1) everyone enjoys helping others who show an interest in their line of work, and 2) nobody enjoys being taken advantage of. At the end of your interview process, make sure your contact leaves with warm feelings and positive memories of the encounter. Even if she can’t give you specific assistance right now, she’ll remain a valuable addition to your network as your career moves forward.
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