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This tried-and-true email technique will make networking much easier.
Imagine if this email popped up at work:
“Recent College Grad Who Needs Your Advice”
How would you feel? Honored? Important? Let’s go with both.
Most of us relish the chance to help from a position of authority — even if we’re swamped with stuff to do. That’s why the smartest networking email subject lines contain “Needs Your Advice.”
Yes, you typically network to find a job. But you can’t barge into someone’s inbox and ask straight up for employment. It’s too direct and intrusive. Ah, but the advice route. It can work wonders because:
Now is the perfect time to send “advice” emails to key people who need to notice you. An inbox is a crowded place, sure, but how many emails do “important” business types — or any of us, really — receive in a week that only ask for their wisdom?
Scenario: You want a job on Capitol Hill, and a friend of a friend is chief of staff for a US senator. Pretty big job, right? You send the networking contact this email:
Subject line: [Your Friend’s Name] Friend Who Needs Capitol Hill Advice
My name is ____, and I’m a good friend of ____. I would love to find a job on Capitol Hill but am new to Washington, DC and would appreciate your advice.
Thanks so much for the help!
Bottom line: If you want people’s undivided attention, let them be the expert. They will go all day. [TWEET]
Below are more subject lines you might want to use or adapt.
To a college alum:
Someone notable you admire:
Before you send another email requesting an informational interview, give this networking email strategy a try.
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Note: This article originally appeared in News to Live By
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