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Quick, easy way to get job-hunting referrals

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Scouting for new job leads? The first step is arranging informational interviews with potential employers. Top executives are more apt to meet with you if you’re referred to them by mutual acquaintances.

Attend trade or professional events featuring prominent figures in your industry. After they speak, introduce yourself, exchange business cards and ask, “Do you ever give informational interviews?” If they say no, ask them to suggest a colleague at work who can give you information and perhaps career advice. Armed with a name, you’re more likely to get in the door.

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