5 Steps to Build Your Network
An Informational Interview Email Course
Do you want to meet professionals but don't know where to start? Could you use a little motivation and guidance to build your professional network? Would you like easy, actionable steps to take to make a meaningful connection with someone who has experience in a field you're interested in?
The 5 Steps to Build Your Network program is for you!
By the time you complete all 5 steps of this program, you will:
- Develop a compelling self-introduction
- Find and interview at least one professional of your interest
- Reflect on your experience and what you’ve learned
When you sign up, you will receive a series of emails containing resources and tips to expand your professional network and tap into the knowledge of experienced professionals.
Each of the 5 steps in this course has a designated timeframe for you to complete and then move on to the next step. If participants are unable to complete the specific action step in the designated timeframe as indicated, the participant will be temporarily removed from the course. Most participants can complete the program within 4 – 6 weeks.
Get Your Career Questions Answered
Informational interviews help you do two things:
- Find answers to your employment questions
- Meet people in professions you are curious about or want to enter.
These professionals are your window into an industry, company or job role. They can also provide invaluable career advice and help you answer questions not easily answered any other way, like:
- Is this the right job/career path for me?
- Will I enjoy the company's culture?
Add Professionals to Your Network
They can also become part of your professional network, a place for advice, suggestions, and maybe, access into the "hidden job market," or jobs that never get posted, but are available at their company.
Of course, there is no guarantee that someone will be able to get you a job. This is just a perk of having a good network. Instead, seek out others who can help you learn and grow.
When you truly build a mutually beneficial relationship with someone and they get to know you, what drives you, and where you’re trying to go, they have the potential to be helpful, both personally and professionally.