Career Wednesday: Informational Interviews

Wednesday, 7 July

7:30 8:45 pm EDT

Portland (Online)

In Partnership With:

San Diego Workforce Partnership logo
Sacramento Works logo
ChickTech logo

Questions? Read our FAQs

Career Wednesday: Informational Interviews | July 7

Colby Reade, APR Photo

Director of Communications, M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust


Wednesday, 7 July

7:30 8:45 pm EDT



In Partnership With:

San Diego Workforce Partnership logo
Sacramento Works logo
ChickTech logo

Questions? Read our FAQs

About This Event

Informational Interviews – What they are, how to get them and how they can help you land your dream job

According to recent data, more than four out of five jobs are found as a result of networking. You are less and less likely to land an interview, let alone an offer, by simply submitting your resume to an online job posting. But ….

  • How do you build a network when you are an emerging professional who is fresh out of school?

  • How do you build a network in a new field if you want to change careers?

  • How do you jumpstart or activate your existing network if you are looking for a new role in your current field?

The answer is surprisingly simple – Informational Interviews.

Whether you are a recent grad, trying to break into a new field, or looking to find the next step in your existing career path, informational interviews are an invaluable tool that ANYONE can use to grow their network and accelerate their job search. In this session, participants will learn the basics of an informational interview, how to set up informational interviews even if you have no existing professional network and how to use informational interviews to land the job you want.

Career Wednesdays:

* Creating an Authentic Career Vision | July 21
* Create Your Portfolio Website & Personal Brand| August 4
* Recalibrating Your Skills in the New Age of Work| August 18

Director of Communications,
M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

Colby Reade is a Strategic Communications Professional and Career Coach. Colby built his first career in broadcast journalism before transitioning into strategic communications. He has held roles at leading PR firms representing brands such as Microsoft, JELD-WEN, HEALTHWORKS and Alcatel-Lucent. In his current role, Colby leads communications for the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, one of the largest private, nonprofit foundations in the Pacific Northwest. As a passion project, Colby enjoys coaching dozens of professionals through the job hunt and career development process every year. A proud alumni of the University of Oregon, Colby is currently pursuing his masters in Public Relations and Corporate Communications at Georgetown University.

About Our Partners

San Diego Workforce Partnership

We equip job seekers to increase their economic mobility, help businesses grow, rebuild, and thrive equitably, and prepare children and young adults for the world of work. We believe in the power and dignity of work, fight for equity and inclusion and dedicate ourselves building programs that meet people where they are.

Workforce development is much more than finding the next job. It is helping people connect what they know, love and need with what the market demands. Career preparation begins in the classroom and continues throughout life. Life-long learning is essential to keep pace with an ever-changing world.

The Workforce Partnership offers services, custom programs and unique initiatives that are redefining what workforce development can—and must—be, because everyone deserves the opportunity to succeed.

Sacramento Works

The Sacramento Works Job Center System provides resources and services to employers and job seekers in Sacramento County. Planning, policy, and oversight for the system is the responsibility of Sacramento Works, Inc., the Workforce Development Board, a 27-member volunteer board of directors. Services, resources, workforce development sector strategies, training programs, and services to employers are provided by the staff of Workforce Development Department of the Sacramento Employment and Training Agency, the Employment Development Department and over 40 community workforce development partners.


ChickTech is a national non-profit organization committed to increasing the number of girls and women in technology while improving the culture of the industry itself. From local conferences to hands-on workshops to mentoring, we create an inclusive community for girls and women that increases their sense of belonging, interest, and self-confidence in technology and engineering.

Community Code of Conduct

Your registration for or attendance at any General Assembly offering indicates your agreement to abide by this Community Code of Conduct policy and its terms.

Illinois Students

Participants who complete this workshop will not receive a certificate or any other designation of completion.

This workshop is not designed to prepare individuals to follow or pursue a trade, occupation or profession. It is not designed to improve, enhance, or add to the skills and abilities of an individual relative to occupational responsibilities or career opportunities.

This workshop is not approved by the Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools at the Illinois Board of Higher Education and participation in this workshop/event will not be counted towards an approved IBHE program/course of instruction.

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