Video:How to Write a Job Search Networking Letterwith Jacob Taxis
Job search networking letters are a great way to make contacts and find job openings. This video from About.com will offer some tips on writing job search networking letters.See Transcript
Transcript:How to Write a Job Search Networking Letter
Hi, I'm Jacob Taxis for About.com. In this video, you will learn how to write a job search networking letter.
Job searches can be exciting, and yet also draining. A job search networking letter is a great way to insure that your job search continues even when you are taking a much needed rest. The idea is simple: write a concise, friendly, professional letter seeking advice. Remember, you're not asking for a job.
Job Search Networking Letter: Contact Info
Step #1: Contact Information. Your name, address, and contact information like phone number and email should be the header of the letter. Your recipient'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, address your recipient casually. For example, use a comma after "Dear Aunt Sue." If your recipient is a professional whom you've yet to build a relationship with, use a colon and address him or her professionally throughout the letter.
Job Search Networking Letter: Introduction
Step #2: Introduction. The introduction notifies the recipient of how you were given his or her name and if you've met this person before, reminding the recipient of where you met. Notice the professional tone in the following sample: "Dear Ms. Larson: I am writing to you on a recommendation given by Jane Doe, a supervisor at 123Communications, and a former colleague of yours. She holds your knowledge and experience in very high regard and has encouraged me to connect with you."
Job Search Networking Letter: Body
Step #3: Body paragraph. In the body paragraph, briefly convey your current goals as they pertain to your career. Also, make it clear that you'd love to meet for advice and available opportunities. Your aim is to connect with this individual for encouragement and advice in your chosen field. A body paragraph might read as follows: "I am currently interested in obtaining an entry-level communications position. I would greatly appreciate hearing any advice you might have on strategies for job searching and career preparation. If your schedule so permits, I would appreciate the opportunity to meet you in person or to discuss these concerns over the phone."
Job Search Networking Letter: Conclusion
Step #4: Conclusion. The concluding paragraph gives you an opportunity to show your appreciation. Thank the addressee of your letter for his or her advice. Also, notify the addressee of your plans to contact him or her over the phone in coming days. It helps to be specific. For example, your conclusion might read something like this: "Thank you, Ms. Larson, in advance, for your advice concerning my interest in the communications field. I very much look forward to contacting you early next week in order to set up a short informational meeting. Thank you for your consideration. Sincerely, Jacob Taxis." Remember, be concise, friendly and professional. Adding your signature gives the professional tone of the letter a more personal touch.
Though job searches can be daunting at times, a job search networking letter shouldn't be. It's a proven way to make great contacts and jump on amazing job leads before they're even advertised. Thank you for watching. For more, visit About.com.