An informational interview
can improve your professional presentation and the quality of your job search. This type of interview is an opportunity to ask a working professional about their company or industry without expressing interest in a specific position. You can schedule an informational interview even if an employer does not have any job openings available to learn more about a field or the type of experience you should gain while you wait for a position to open. Start a cover letter
in which you ask for an informational interview with a little background. Provide the person you are writing with enough information so that they can understand why you want to learn more about a business or field. It is a good idea to show that you have done your research. Most professionals will appreciate any indication that you have tried to learn all you can about a company or industry from the resources to which you have access. Conclude your cover letter with a plan to follow up on scheduling the interview. You might also ask for a referral to someone else at their company or in their profession who may be able to provide professional insight and advice.