Video:How to Write a Job Search Networking Letter for Studentswith Jacob Taxis
Writing job search networking letters is a great way for students to make contacts in the professional world. This About.com video explains the best way for students to write job search networking letters.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Write a Job Search Networking Letter for Students
Hi, I'm Jacob Taxis for About.com. In this video, you will learn how to write a job search networking letter as a student.
A job search networking letter is a simple, proven idea used to build contacts and find work opportunities. As a student, you're probably looking for career advice and specific opportunities within the field you're considering. If so, write a concise, friendly letter to a professional in your chosen field seeking any advice he or she might be able to provide.
Student Job Search Networking Letters: Contact Info
Step #1: Contact Information. A job search networking letter should be structured like any other letter; the tone of which will depend on your addressee. Your name, address, school, and contact information like phone number and email should be the header of the letter. Your addressee's contact information should be provided below it, to the left. Include, in this order, your recipient's name, professional title, company, and address. If you're writing to family or friends in search of a summer job, for example, address your recipient casually but not in an immature way. Use a comma after addressing him or her instead of the usual professional colon.
Student Job Search Networking Letters: Introduction
Step #2: Introduction. In your first paragraph, the introduction lets the addressee know how you were given his or her name. As a student, it's important to show that you're serious and appreciative. Notice the professional tone in the following sample introduction paragraph: "Dear Mr. Johnson: I am writing to you on a recommendation given by my archeology professor, Dr. John Doe, at University State College. He holds your knowledge and experience in very high regard and has encouraged me to connect with you concerning my interest in this field."
Student Job Search Networking Letters: Body
Step #3: Body paragraph. In the body paragraph, briefly convey your current interests and career goals as they pertain to your education. Also, make it clear that, if he or she is available, you'd love to meet in person or over the phone to discuss this goal in terms of available opportunities. Your body paragraph might look something like this: "I am currently majoring in archeology and have an interest in obtaining field experience through an internship. I would greatly appreciate hearing any advice you might have concerning strategies for a career search in this area. If your schedule so permits, I would appreciate the opportunity to meet you in person or to discuss these issues over the phone."
Student Job Search Networking Letters: Conclusion
Step #4: Conclusion. In your concluding paragraph, be sure to show your appreciation. Thank the recipient of your letter for any advice he or she might be able to share with you. For example, your conclusion might read as follows: "Thank you, Mr. Johnson, for any advice you might be able to provide concerning careers and opportunities in the field of archeology. I look forward to contacting you toward the end of next week in order to set up a short interview. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Jacob Taxis." Remember, it's very important to be concise, friendly and professional in your letter. Let your addressee know exactly what you're looking for, whether it's a paid internship, summer job, or entry-level position.
For students, a job search networking letter is a proven way to make great contacts and take-in wonderful advice from experienced professionals. Thank you for watching. For more, visit About.com.