The informational interview is a valuable skill for job seekers to develop and refine.At the Hudson Job search meeting, the speaker will break down the informational interview into six easysteps anyone can learn and perform well.

"According to occupational surveys55 - 80 percent of jobs are found through networking," said guest speaker Paul DiFranco.

An informational interview is used to gather information, advice, and referrals.RichardBolles inhis book, "What Color Is Your Parachute?" is credited with coining the phrase. Interviews are effective for those who would like to make a change inindustries,professions,etc. People attendprimarily to learn and not to inquire about a particular job opening. There are other forums for that. DiFranco tells his coaching clients that a keyquestion to ask before closing the meeting is"Who else should I be talking to?"

DiFranco is owner of HR ProSolutions and on the leadership team of the North Canton Executive Networking Group.

Hudson Job Search meets the first and third Monday evenings of each month at Christ Church Episcopal, 21 Aurora St. with sign-in at 7:15 p.m. For more information go to or call 330- 653-5322.