Thanks, but I already have a contact.
Posted by Molly Wendell // in Job Search
When I sit in the Executives Network meetings, I listen to people offer up a contact, only to have the person on the receiving end say “Thanks, but I already have a contact at that company.” That’s just great. That 10,000+ person company, and you have one contact. Congratulations! Here’s a needle. There’s a haystack. Go for it!
Or how about this approach? If you really want to target a company, why don’t you meet as many people in as many different departments as possible and learn as much as you can about each area? I remember when I was targeting commercial real estate. I met with six different people at the same company (and the office only had 15 people total). You think I didn’t know virtually everything going on? I think some people thought I worked there already! Another benefit of meeting with all of those people is that I realized I absolutely would not be a fit at this organization, but that didn’t become apparent until I was meeting with person #5 (besides, their holiday party was a complete disaster!).
Here’s an idea: If someone offers up a contact, you say thank you! And follow up! You never know who else that person might know. And you can now tap into their network and expand your possibilities.