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 file 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 Types of 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
- 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 February 2021
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