Monday, March 19, 2012

How to Lunch Your Way to a Job in 3 Steps

Breakfast may be the most important meal of the day, but lunch is the most beneficial meal for your career. In the professional world, talk over a mid-day meal often means business. You can even seize the lunchtime opportunity to advance your job search.

You heard right. Scheduling a lunch is a great way to get the inside scoop about your favorite company, potential job leads, or some job search advice. Scoring some one-on-one time with a seasoned professional from a big company is not a direct guarantee to a job (nor will it always result in a job interview), but it is a great way to make a potential career connection, make a lasting impression, and possibly get some clarity and direction for your job search.
So how can you request a lunch meet up? Here are three steps for making it happen:
Find a Connection. If you have your target company in mind, try finding any mutual connections you have with an employee and ask for an introduction. If you find yourself not having any insider connections, try utilizing tools like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, social job search apps, or your alumni network. You’ll want to be selective about which employee you approach.  Your best bet is to meet someone at, or just above, your career level with a similar professional experience and background. Be sure they have both the time and the knowledge to help you out.

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