In today’s world regardless of the field you enter, many of your aspirations and career pursuits will be inspired or built upon the professional relationships you have. Your job search will be most effective if you have connected and have made efforts to expand your network. A networking letter will be conducive to you as you prepare for job search, as this letter’s focus is not to request for a job, but to request their assistance in your job search by connecting you with people or opportunities.
You will want to be very professional in your letter. Business formatting is recommended for formality. Make sure that you distinguish the person whom you are reaching out to by referring to them by name. The following is an example of what should be included in a networking letter:
Dear Ms. Little,
(Objective) Example: I am very interested in gaining insight on a career in the finance department. I am writing to colleagues, and professional leaders whose opinions, insights, and advice I value to learn more about this process and accumulate guidance.
(Highlight Key Strength/ Do so without repeating your resume) Example: improving services, generating revenue, saving money.
Your letter should be as concise as possible. Ask for the reader’s help, highlight your strengths and express your thanks.
(Ask for information) Example: I would be very appreciative for your review of my enclosed resume. If you have any insight as to where I should direct my job search or advice during this process, please feel free to contact me at (555) 555-5555. I appreciate your input and advice.
Once you have completed your letter, continue to network and build connections. The outcome of doing so will work in your favor as you accumulate knowledge to aide in your growth. If you should have any questions on networking, building professional career based letters please stop by Career Services!