“So, can you find me a dream job? Because I’m 27 years old and I have no idea!” Beth was serious.
“I can do better than that,” I promised. “I’ll show you how to find it too with informational interviews. Then even if your dream job changes, you’ll never have to say ‘find me a dream job’ because you can do it yourself.”
3 "Find Me a Dream Job" Powers of Informational Interviews
This isn’t the first time I’ve heard “find me a dream job” or “what career should I go into?” I have a lot of tools to help answer those questions, but none of them are as powerful as the often-ignored informational interview.
That’s because informational interviews solve the conundrum of “you don’t know what you don’t know” which is best answered by someone who does. So get ready to tap into three hidden powers of using informational interviews to reach your dream job.
FIND ME A DREAM JOB POWER #1:
IN-DEPTH CAREER INSIGHTS
Informational interviews are the fastest way to get the real truth about a potential dream job. Make sure you have a list of questions that will get you the answers you need.
- What type of traits do you think someone needs to succeed in this position?
- What frustrates you about the industry?
- If you could go back in time, what would you tell your younger self about this career path?
FIND ME A DREAM JOB POWER #2:
Surprise! Every dream job industry includes variations and specializations you probably have never heard of. So now that you’re sitting in front of an industry insider, ask about them.
- What areas do people in this career tend to specialize in?
- What specializations can you think of for someone who wants to be a [career] but is also [skill, interest, or characteristic]?
- What industry niches of [career] already exist for someone who is [skill, interest, or characteristic]?
FIND ME A DREAM JOB POWER #3:
Networking is not a dirty word when you do it with integrity. Informational interviews are perfect for this. People like people who listen closely to them, something you naturally do during informational interviews. Now you can’t just ask them “So, Joe, can you find me a dream job?” but you can establish a real connection and build from there with these:
- Asking who else do you think I should talk to? Maybe someone who’s hiring?
- Sending an actual thank you note for their time and insights.
- Emailing them a week later and linking to a news article, blog post, or even a meme that relates closely to what they talked about.
Networking is not a dirty word when you do it with integrity.
And there you have it, three hidden powers of informational interviews. When you don’t know your dream job or how to figure out what career is right for you, the answer is to start with an informational interview.
If all of this sounds a bit overwhelming, don’t worry. Set up a free strategy session with me to get some support. And when you ask “can you find me a dream job?” I promise to show you too how to figure it out.