National Career Development Month
In addition to gathering information from career books, O*Net and great career websites, the Informational Interview is one of the best ways to learn about the in's and out's of a particular job, career or industry.
The Informational Interview is simply a way for you to connect with someone in the
field of interest and request a time and place to meet so you can learn more about a job, career or industry of interest.
Most professionals are usually happy to share information about what they do with others.
Learn more about Informational Interviews at CareerPlanning.About.com
Note – Some tips:
-Keep your communication professional
-Do not abuse the time that someone is willing to spend with you
-Do not ask for a job during the informational interview
-Follow up and thank the person for their time
-Ask for the opportunity to follow-up later if you have additional questions