Don’t lose sight of the big picture, which is finding a job ! Though someone may not seem to be of value to you right away, they may be your ticket to connect with the right person later on in your job search.
Tip: Keep the contact information of every person you meet in a networking folder or contact management program.
Can be done in initial request to connect, or after you have connected in a direct message.
Recommended: Ask a flattering question, one that also demonstrates your industry experience and highlights your knowledge.
My name is [name], and I am gathering information for an upcoming blog post on how the current economic climate is affecting [blank] industry. I am contacting local professionals to gain some insight and gather different points of view. Would you be willing to provide your expertise? I look forward to hearing from you. Thank you for your time.
You do not want to spend too much time talking to one specific contact unless he or she seems like a strong lead source.
I was hoping you could offer me some advice or steer me in the right direction. I am actively looking for a job and you seem to very well-connected in the [blank] industry. Do you know of any companies that could benefit from a [title] professional located within the [blank] area? Or, if you have a contact who may have some more insight into [blank], I would be grateful if you could pass along my information. Any advice you can offer would be greatly appreciated. Please let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your time.
Gaps in employment jump out as red flags to prospective hiring managers.
Under normal economic conditions, when an individual is out of work for a long period of time, the problem becomes a question of whether the candidate lacks certain skill sets, or has poor presentation and attitude. The gap is no longer explained away by “lack of opportunities.”
Have a strong “commercial” about yourself memorized and rehearsed so you can deliver it with confidence. Remember to touch on all important aspects of your qualifications in relation to the position you are seeking.
“ Hi (insert their name), my name is (insert your name), I am calling with the Orange County One Stop Center. We are a public-private agency that connects job seekers with employers, free of charge. I understand you have an open position for (insert position), and I have a candidate with sizzle, sizzle, sizzle. Where are you currently at with that position?
“ Great, I would like to set up a time for you to meet with this candidate. Why don’t we first schedule a time for us to meet, and I can set up 2-3 interviews for you while you are here.”
“ Hi (Insert their name), my name is (insert your name) and I am with the Orange County One Stop Center. We are a public-private agency that connects job seekers with employers, free of charge. I understand you have an open position for (insert position). I have a candidate with sizzle, sizzle, sizzle.
“ We have one of the largest databases and networks of available talent in Orange County, so we can save you considerable time and money you’d otherwise spend on recruitment. I am also interested in learning about other positions you are trying to fill so that we can connect you with our available and pre-screened candidates.”