A significant building block to our job search is the 20 minute coffee. This meeting has several significant components that need to be addressed - as appropriate - for the individual you are meeting.
When you request a 20 minute coffee, you should have a goal in mind. Based on who you will be meeting, you will want to gain new specific knowledge. gain insight for refining your search and seek at least one additional connection with whom you should meet.
Let's look at each of these objectives:
First, what specific knowledge are you seeking? Be prepared ... information about the business? About specific jobs within the business? Questions about the industry? Remember, by asking these questions, you are honoring the person you are hosting for the coffee by letting them know you value their knowledge.
Second, refine your search search by asking questions which let you rule out businesses or jobs. Anytime you can refine the selection of target companies and positions gets you closer to the specific jobs you desire. Do not shy away from questions that can trim the field!
Third. always ask for one new connection or introduction. Chances are if you execute the 20 minute coffee effectively you will get several new referrals, but be sure to ask for at least one new connection or referral.
Your quiver of questions should always include these questions:
Information presented in this blog come from a cross section of our team members and staff.