The grass is always greener on the other side. You may think you want to work in this brand new, shiny career, but do you really? Who better to ask than someone who currently holds the job you want? Get an idea of how to get the answers you need about the job you think you want.
- Informational interviews are frequently used…as part of a career change strategy…and it can be a wonderful tool…if you know how to use it correctly.…The term informational interview sounds so formal…that it intimidates some people but don't worry.…You've probably already done them.…If you've ever taken a friend out for coffee…to pick their brain about their last employer…or their new job because you're considering applying there,…that was an informational interview…and by giving this process a formal name,…you can now feel confident in asking a stranger…for information instead of just relying on close friends…and acquaintances.…
An informational interview is a 15 to 30 minute phone call…or in person meeting with someone who has the ability…to provide you with information,…not rumor or conjecture but actual data…about salary requirements, barriers to entry,…organizational culture or insight on upcoming projects…that may be of interest to you.…In an informational interview,…you don't ask for anything but information.…
- Recognize what you can do to become ready to transition into a new career.
- Explain what you could do if you know what job you want but just aren’t sure you meet the qualifications to obtain it.
- Recall what it requires to get on the right path if you are sure you’re in the wrong career.
- Recognize how feedback can help you with your decision to change your career.
- Identify what internal networking at your current job has to do with making a career change and leaving that job.