You have surfed the web for weeks and applied for every position that met your criteria. Not one application has resulted in a contact. What should you do?
Elizabeth Garone of the Wall Street Journal writes, "In this tight job market, an informational interview can give you the edge you need to get hired by establishing a good connection at a prospective firm."
Read: Seeking Information, Not Employment.
David Hahn of LinkedIn provides this advice: Don't wait for a job post. A lot of young people think a job post has to be up before they can start a conversation with a company...My recommended approach and how I approached things in Washington many years ago, is to put together a list of companies you really want to work with and find out who works there that you can talk to.
Read: LinkedIn's David Hahn on Becoming a VP at 31