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Sample Networking Emails
General Questions About The Individual
What is your background, and how did you reach your current position?
What are some of the qualifications that make you successful in your position?
What attracted you to your field?
State of the Industry or Field
What are some of the key trends/issues in this industry/field?
What developments on the horizon could affect this industry's future?
How have changes within the last 5 years affected this industry/company?
Why do people leave this field or company?
Who are your company's major competitors and how does your company fare?
Skills & Experience
What qualifications do you seek in a new hire?
Which of my skills are strong compared to other job hunters in this field?
What do you think of the experience I've had so far? For what types of positions would it qualify me?
What companies might be interested in hiring someone with my background?
Considering all the people you've met in your field/industry, what personal attributes are essential for success?
ture of the Work
What parts of your job do you find most challenging?
What surprised you most about this field?
Would it be possible for me to shadow someone on the job for a day?
Where would you suggest I look for current information on salaries, employers, jobs and industry issues?
What websites or news sources have you found valuable?
Is there anything else you think I need to know or investigate?
What would you recommend to me in my job search?
Who else would you suggest I speak with? *****ESSENTIAL QUESTION*****
Other Sample Questions
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