When asking for informational interviews, job seekers should focus on how they can benefit their new contact, according to job search coach Kristin Johnson. They should find out what problems their contact may be facing and offer insights and resources to help them, she suggests. Also, they should not bring a resume or ask for an interview, but instead share information and network contacts to build trust and rapport. "These relationships take time to build, but they are worth the wait for your career," Johnson writes.

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