Take an active approach to your job search. Don't let
procrastination ruin your chance at a better life.
Figure out what you want and go for it. How you may ask?
Networking means many things and can take many forms. In
simple terms, networking means creating relationships
with other people and harnessing those relationships to
help you gather information for your job search. Part of
networking is sending out enquiry letters. You have
questions about a position or wonder whether a company
has an opening? Why wait for that company to post the
opening online or in the newspaper? Do you really want
to have to compete against possibly hundreds of other
candidates? What if you feel you could really contribute
something to the company? How would they know about it?
What if there was a hidden opportunity?
It doesn't hurt to enquire, either by asking for an
informational interview or sending out an enquiry
letter. What's the worst that can happen? You may
receive a "sorry, we are not interested" or "sorry, we
don't have time" response... Big deal! You'll have to
deal with rejection at some point in your job search,
why delay the inevitable?
Before sending out enquiry letters, keep the
following tips in mind:
- Send out the enquiry letter to the right person.
- Be professional and polite in how you draft your
- Give some background about yourself. If you want
an informational interview, explain why. If you are
offering your services, give them a reason to call
you or to enquire further. Yes, the fact that you
enquire about them may prompt them to want to
enquire further about you!
- Be clear as to what you are asking for.
- Don't insist.
- Make sure to thank the person to whom you
addressed the letter for his or her
Don't leave things to chance in your job search.
Set yourself concrete goals and try to reach those
goals. If you don't believe in yourself, nobody