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How to Ask for an Informational Interview (And Why You Should)

An informational interview is one in which you, the interviewer, seek advice and input about careers, industries, and/or corporate culture from a professional in the field. Note that an informational interview is one in which you ask for information, not a job. You’re simply in it for research and learning purposes. 

These meetings can be an incredibly efficient and impactful way of exploring opportunities, as professionals in the field can provide great insight. But how do you go about asking for such a meeting?

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How to Actually Manage an Intern

Although it’s been many years since I held my first internship, I still remember it well—particularly the excitement and the nervousness before my first day. I remember the joy I felt once I completed my first big assignment. I remember my confusion about how to ask for feedback, how to navigate my first company event, and how to obtain a letter of recommendation once the summer was over. Really, I just remember emotions swirling. Chances are, you probably have very similar recollections. 

Now the tables have turned and you are the boss, managing an intern of your own. Bogged down with our own work and deadlines, stressed about meetings and juggling projects, we’re distracted. We often forget the way we first felt as a young professional trying to navigate the workplace.

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5 Email Pet Peeves to Stop Doing ASAP

E-mail pet peeves. All of us have them. None of us think we’re guilty of them. 

But my guess is that with a closer look at our email habits, we all might find at least one or two things we could stop doing to improve our professionalism over e-mail.  And as the primary mode of workplace communication these days, stepping up your e-mail game is critical to putting your best foot forward on the job. 

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Planning for the Unexpected in Your Career

I’m a planner, which means that I like knowing what’s coming next and anticipating changes in my future. I’m so much of a planner that you’d be surprised how long it took me to come to terms with the fact that things just don’t always go as planned. 

For example, if you had told my 23-year-old self that one day I’d go to graduate school or move across the country, I probably wouldn’t have believed you. These things weren’t in my “plans.” My guess is that you’ve experienced a shift in your plans a time or two as well.

We can plan all we want, but when things don’t go as we originally expected, it’s often due to a chance meeting or opportunity. When it comes to career development, we sometimes forget what a large role chance plays. 

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5 More Productive Questions to Ask Yourself Than "How Do I Find My Passion?"

As a career coach, I frequently get asked the question, “How do I find my passion?” While I fully support the aspiration to find meaningful work, I don’t prescribe to the idea that we must ask this question to get there. When we focus simply on finding our passion, we limit ourselves so that we can no longer think comprehensively about the world of work and career possibilities that may fulfill us.  Instead, we often become stuck, searching for our one and only career soul mate.

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Best Places to Take Your Work Spring Break

At one point in time, spring break may have been a warm escape that you eagerly awaited during a cold, stressful semester as a college student.  You want to get away (and carry on the tradition of kicking off spring in the sun), but now as a working professional, the idea of heading to a traditional spring break spot filled with college crowds sounds less appealing.  Instead of simply veering toward one of the customary southern beaches with the droves of college kids, why not take a spring break to really getaway from it all – in a less common locale like these.

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The Daily Ritual Sure to Make You a Better Employee

I know it’s fun to look forward to the weekend.  We make jokes about dreading Mondays and we celebrate Fridays.  That’s all good, but what about the rest of the days?  I don’t know about you, but I’d like to live for more than just the weekend.  This got me thinking about how rather than griping about the work week, we could use gratitude to change our perspective.

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