Don’t Talk to Strangers in a Job Search

How to close your executive work gap in 4 simple steps

If you’re serious about your career, don’t be “just another resume submitted somewhere in a database.” The best way to land your dream job is to be introduced to the company through a referral.

Here’s how to get started:

1. Commit

Create the habit of scheduling 15-minute meetings to ask for feedback, advice, and a referral to another potential connection.

Keep it simple. Start by asking individuals who you know for advice or a referral. Be specific. Ask them if they know anyone who works at Company X or holds Job Y. Most people underestimate their connections. Getting that introduction can come from many sources: your college roommate, a former colleague, a neighbor’s aunt, or even your dentist.

2. Prepare

Prepare for each conversation by listing 3 questions you want to ask. Time is valuable and you want to make the most of each meeting.