即使你不是’t talking to a hiring manager, use this same format when you talk to friends or networking contacts who may be able to help you. It gives them a picture of what you’re looking for, 这样他们可以帮助你.
I recently met with a recent graduate from my Alma Mater of Pepperdine. He’s looking for a job, and although I didn’t know him, I was willing to meet with him because of the connection. He was smart with a good resume and was looking for help identifying jobs to apply for. So I asked him, “您正在寻找什么样的工作？” The answer he gave is one you never want to give: “I would like any kind of job. You know, in any area of business. Doing anything. I’我是一个非常努力的人，无论是什么，我都能做到– and do it well.” In reality, this recent graduate was no doubt trying to be open to experiences. He was trying to cast his net wide to gain as many potential opportunities as possible.
The problem with this approach however is that it gives the impression that you have no direction. You don’t know what you want, and frankly, you might be desperate. Your friends and contacts have no idea which way to point you, and it could be a bit risky for them too. After all, if they find a hot job lead for you, it will probably be related to their own work in some way. They might know the hiring manager personally, or it could be at the company that they work for. Either way, they are putting their own reputation on the line when they recommend you. In the end, 通过 casting your net so wide, you will actually find less opportunities. Your network of contacts will not want to risk their credibility on someone who can’解释他们想做什么。
考虑到这一点，它’是时候完善自己的音调了. 这里 are a few tips:
- 提出您想要做什么的特定想法。 如果您有2或3个非常不同的想法，那’s okay. But you will need to develop 2 or 3 pitches, and select which one to use when.
- 写下你的音调。 写下来将有助于您整理思路，并在需要时提出建议，以减少混乱。整个事情应该占用不到一张纸。通常，打字的双行距纸将花费您大约一分钟的时间来阅读。保持在此长度以下。
- 确保您在回答三个问题： a. who you are, b. what you do, and c. why you’d胜任这份工作
- 直截了当地说简单的话。 现在不是时候显示您在那所大学学习时所学到的所有奇特单词。将时间集中在回答手头的问题上，而不是展示您的词汇量。
- 准备调整音调。 请记住，推销背后的想法是，您可能会随机遇到一个很有帮助的人。这可以在机场，聚会中或在街上走。你永远都不会知道。准备好改变音调的内容以适合其他人。例如，如果您有3种截然不同的音调，请提供与您要向其倾听的人最紧密相关的音调。
如果你不这样做’没有机会参加一个大型的快乐赛车下载展览会’s still hope. My first suggestion is to start with an older relative or parent who doesn’t work in your industry. I started out my career in technology, so I would often pitch my ideas to my mother, who is a musician. Our fields were so vastly different that if she could understand my pitch, I knew that I had nailed it. You will not always pitch to someone who knows what you do. As a matter of fact, it’s rare. You’ll be talking to someone who knows someone. In my personal example, I was pitching to HR recruiters at the career fairs.
初步练习完成后，’是时候在你不认识的人面前走出来’t know. Look up networking events in your area on sites like 领英 and Meetup.com. Consider a wide variety of events such as young professional events, industry specific meetups, or cocktail parties. Attending different types of events will allow you to meet different types of people, in different industries, and from different age groups.
You get the idea. Good luck, and remember –实践使完美！