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The Information Interview is another way to connect with potential employers while learning about a career path. It's not as formal as a job interview but it is professional. Never be late for one! Read the material linked in the right column to get a good idea of what it is and how to do it.

When I got out of college I called the editor of a Sunday magazine for a large metropolitan newspaper and he invited me down for an "informational interview." I put on what passed for a suit in those days and was taken into the vast chattering space known as a newsroom. He introduced me to writers, showed me some of the production aspects to the magazine, and listened patiently to my questions while holding a pipe in the corner of his mouth. Even though I never worked there, it was my first exposure to a real journalism venue. Such contacts can be invaluable.

Editors are much more approachable than writers think.

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Have questions about information interviewing? Don't hesitate to ask!

For those new to the Net or overwhelmed by the nature of the online job market I suggest you look at the Cyber Search Tutorial.There are more job boards and classifieds from metro newspapers.

Don't forget to visit Sunoasis Joblog for daily updates on the writing and publishing industry.

Cyber Search will show you where all the writing jobs are!

Have a question about careers in writing? Click here to get some answers!

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Some questions to ask at an informational interview.

Conducting the Information Interview

David Eide
copyright 2000-2009