Published: June 1, 2010

Need a job-search tool to find opportunities beyond Monster, Career Builder and craigslist?

Add informational interviewing to your repertoire.

Informational interviewing involves finding individuals who are in the field you are interested in and meeting with them by phone or in person. It’s not about asking for job leads — it’s about gaining information about what the person does and about her or his company.

An additional benefit of these interviews is employers get to know you and what your interests are. It can result in job leads or even job opportunities.

Be sure to check out Ask a Buff in our online community Forever Buffs Network to make professional connections with other Buffs, as well as register for LinkedIn.