Here's a networking tip for you -- when you contact someone to ask about a job or to introduce yourself, don't just leave it at that.
Provide some additional value in the form of an article you've written, some information about a particularly interesting or innovative aspect of a recent project, or even a link to a Web article about the museum world that you found interesting.
Similarly, even if your primary purpose is inquiring about a potential job -- don't let them off the hook! If you only ask about a job, and there's no job available, then that's the end of the conversation. However, if you ask for some additional advice or ideas about your next steps, you might get some useful information that you otherwise might never have received.
For example, you might say or write, "Even if you don't have any current job openings, do you have any suggestions for colleagues I might speak with or recent books or articles I could read to expand my knowledge of the museum field?" Most museum folks are generous and willing to provide a little advice -- and it sure takes the sting out of a rejection notice!
In that vein, I'm always happy to hear from ExhibiTricks readers! Feel free to contact me directly to introduce yourself. Who knows? We might be able to cook up a project to work on together!
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Paul Orselli writes the posts on ExhibiTricks. Paul likes to combine interesting people, ideas, and materials to make exhibits (and entire museums!) with his company POW! (Paul Orselli Workshop, Inc.) Let's work on a project together!
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