From about late July to early November I had been connecting with lots of people by phone. Nearly every week day was filled with at least one informational interview.
This is what I refer to as ‘remote networking’ where you reach out to those working at your targeted company or in your chosen field and ask them questions for about 20 minutes. I prefer these one-on-one chats to your standard group networking events where awkwardness tends to get in the way of any real connection.
But then the holidays happened and my hoppin’ networking schedule dried up. I focused on my writing instead and coming up with different ways to get noticed by Hiring Managers (hence the start of the #90DaysToMyDreamJob challenge on December 1).
Now that people are back to work I’ve started to fill my calendar again with calls with old classmates, colleagues and new contacts. I know how nerve-wracking it can be to ask for help; especially of those you’ve never met and to whom you have no connection.
So to make it easier, I’m sharing the template I’ve used when I don’t know any employees at a targeted company. You’ll need to research on LinkedIn which employees to email and send it to at least five of them to get approximately three people willing to talk to you.
I hope you're having a great day!
My name is [your name] and I am contacting you because I recently applied for the [Y] position at [Z] company and I'm in need of some help.
I'm really excited about the role and the company from what I have learned thus far. I would, however, love to get a first-hand account.
Are you willing to talk with me for 20 minutes about your experience?
I understand that you don't know me and that it can be awkward when making such requests, but I'll never know unless I ask!
Thank you in advance for your time.
Feel free to tweak it as you wish, but mind its brevity. One thing I’ve learned in job hunting is that though you may feel compelled to tell your life story in an intro email it will likely go wasted and unanswered.
Happy Remote Networking!