Last week a new LinkedIn connection, who I don’t know in real life, sent me the following note (more or less):
Thanks for connecting on LinkedIn. Take a look at your schedule in the coming weeks and see if we can chisel a few minutes for a cup of coffee. I enjoy meeting my local connections whenever possible.
In looking at Paul’s profile, I could see that we have a lot in common professionally. Why not share a cup of coffee?
How might this approach serve a job seeker wanting to do informational interviews?
Find Your Connections
Look in your first and second-level connections for locals, and even better, people who work(ed) for your target companies.
Reach Out to Your First-Level Connections
Now reach out. That note might look like:
Thanks for connecting on LinkedIn. Please take a look at your schedule in the coming weeks and see if we can chisel a few minutes for a cup of coffee. I’m job hunting. Because you’re a production manager with more experience than I have, I would love to ask you for a little career advice – not a job – just advice.
Also, I simply enjoy getting to know my local connections whenever possible.
Will you get 100% “yes” responses? Of course not. But you probably will meet some people who are willing to give you an informational interview.
During COVID, you might want to change your ask to a cup of virtual coffee. If you want to get fancy, you could arrange a Starbucks delivery, but it isn’t necessary.
Convert Your Second-Level Connections
Invite your second-level connections to become first-level connections.
Follow up with an invitation to meet in person.
Use sound judgment when you move relationships from social media platforms to real life. Frame your meetings professionally.
- Dress appropriately.
- Meet in a neutral, public place such as a Starbucks near your connection’s office.
- Schedule meetings just before or during normal business days and hours. Nothing after 3:00 p.m.
If you have any concerns about your safety, invite more people or cancel.
Now, go ahead, expand your world!
Let’s Connect on LinkedIn
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Updated July 2020
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