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Friday, 22 December 2017 16:00

What do you talk about over coffee?

Coffee cups graphic v2When meeting someone for coffee professionally, what do you talk about or try to accomplish? (Particularly if you are in academia and not business)?

There is likely a lot less difference between going for coffee whether you are in academia or business, then you think there is. Your approach should be professional in either instance.

Going for coffee is an opportunity to get to know the other person. The objective is to find if you share common interests and if there is any opportunity to collaborate on a project or serve as a resource for each other. If you were in business, it may lead to a joint venture.

Come prepared to talk about subjects that interest you, both in your career and your private life.

I’m going to take a contrary position and say that it isn’t, in my opinion.

The fact that you are a self-proclaimed introvert, is irrelevant when it comes to creating your resume.

You also claim to be shy i.e. ‘hasn't done much social stuff in school’ doesn’t get reflected in your resume but certainly will when you start applying for jobs and going for job interviews.

You don’t say what field you will be applying for jobs in, if any specifically. I’m also assuming that this may be your first job in the working world and you likely don’t have a vast amount of work experience to draw upon.

Published in Resume Tactics

Besides leveraging existing contacts, which is more effective when you need to approach a potential hiring manager?

  • Note to their work email expressing interest
  • Send the note instead via LinkedIn InMail system
  • Invite them to join your LinkedIn network. Follow up w/ InMail message only if they accept

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I worked with this woman a year ago to organize a panel at an event. We ended amicably. I applied for a job in her public health unit. I’m contacting her again and I don’t know how to broach this topic without sounding abrupt or rude.

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Is No Social Media Bad for Job-Seekers

Is not being active on social media bad for job-seekers?

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