Do you get tongue twisted or terrified when it’s time to call your career network about your job search?
If you do, one of my clients has found a terrific, free guide called How to Have a Great Networking Conversation on the Phone. Written by executive search consultant, Katherine Moody, the downloadable .pdf provides 24 scripts that cover the following situations:
First, you can look at these scripts that will help you start calls.
- Sample of a typical opening conversation.
- They don’t remember you.
- They sound reluctant to talk.
- You didn’t stay in touch.
- They sound busy.
Specific Requests of Your Career Network
Then, these scripts will help you make requests to:
- Meet specific people — you don’t have a name.
- Meet specific people — you do have a name.
- Spend some time talking.
- Learn about an opening at the company.
- Learn about the company.
Talking to Different People
Your network likely contains different types of people. These scripts will help you with just about everyone.
- Salespeople at your target companies (they love to talk about their companies!).
- Previous employees of your target companies.
- Hiring managers (slightly gutsy version).
- Hiring managers (slightly softer version).
- Executive assistants.
- Employees (peers) of your target companies.
- Present or past colleagues.
- Writers, speakers, thought leaders.
- Friends, family, neighbors, etc.
- Ending the conversation.
- Follow up — you talked to the person they suggested.
- Follow up — the person they suggested never got back to you.
Scripts Make Networking Calls Easy
Ask anyone who has ever worked a phone, having a script makes calling people you know and strangers about 1000% easier than winging it.
Get the Download
Get the guide here. Use it. It will make your job search easier and more effective. What a gift, huh?
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Updated April 2019
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