Because you already know what you want and the specifics of where you want to work, you now have the details to share with those you meet. You should have a plan how each person can help you, based on their position:
- If they are part of an industry that you have an interest in, ask them the following: What company they work for? Who are their competitors? What makes their company unique? What challenge is their company facing right now? What are the industry organizations to which they belong?
- If they are part of a different industry, ask them what kinds of openings are prevalent in their industry? Ask them what challenges are common in their industry? Ask them if they know anyone that works in your industry?
- If they work at one of the companies you have targeted, ask them if they know any hiring managers? Ask them who is their biggest competitor? Ask them do they have a connection in HR? Ask them what contracting firms are commonly used at their company? Do they know anyone who was recently hired full time from one of those companies?
- If they do not work outside the home, ask them what clubs or associations are they a member of? What schools did they attend? Do they know anyone who works for one of your targeted organizations?
Everyone you meet can assist you in getting closer to your goal. You must recognize their role and utilize the information they provide. In the Bible, when Joseph networked with the chief baker and the chief butler, he explicitly told them how they could help him. The chief butler remembered his request and that is how the door opened for his divine promotion, from jail to the king’s court. Genesis 40-41
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