Career Development Center

Networking Skills

 Networking Approach Letters

The following are samples that can be used for instructional purposes when creating letters for initiating contact with professionals in order to set up networking meetings.

 

Networking Approach Letter

Direct Target Letter

News/Events Approach Letter

Sample Networking Approach Letter

Your Name
Your Address
City, State, Zip

Date

Name
Title
Company
Address
City, State, Zip

Dear Mr. /Ms. ___________________,

I am currently seeking information regarding the pharmaceutical industry.   John Smith, Vice President of Sales at Exxon Corporation, suggested I contact you.  As I seek to determine a direction for my future, my plan is to contact professionals within the business community to gather insight into their profession.

I will complete my bachelor’s degree in business administration this spring at Rivier College and am using these months to plan ahead for that time.  Through my internship and community service work I have had the opportunity to acquire valuable leadership and communication skills. The course work for my degree has led me to believe that there are several possible directions my career could take.  

Based upon your extensive knowledge of the pharmaceutical industry, you could help me considerably by discussing the opportunities available to a recent graduate with my experience.  I will call your office in a few days to introduce myself and to arrange a convenient time to meet.  I know you are busy and will keep our conversation to 20 minutes.  Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

(Your name)

Sample Direct Target Letter

Your Name
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Date

Target Name
Title
Company Name
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr. / Ms. ____________,

I have been watching the rapid growth of Quality Construction Corporation over the last three years and have been impressed with the company’s strategic leadership.  Your strategic positioning in the value-added segment of the market has put you ahead of your competition.

A company with your extraordinary success may be in need of a strong executive to contribute to your company’s growth.  My credentials include an MBA in Business Administration and a B.S. in Finance from Rivier College and over 10 years’ experience in corporate planning and finance.  This included two years as a Director of Corporate Finance and nearly four years as Director of Corporate Planning.  I have a proven track record of success.

  • Successful acquisition of two companies, doubling the company’s manufacturing capacity.
  • Led company’s entry into the laminated board market, now most profitable segment of the business.
  • Sale of company’s Compressed Board Division to Champion International Corporation.

I would appreciate the opportunity to meet with you to discuss the contribution I could make to your organization.  I will call you in a few days to follow up this letter and to determine a convenient time.  Or, if you prefer, please feel free to call me at (phone).

Sincerely,

Your Name

Sample News/Events Approach Letter

Your Name
Your Address
City, State, Zip Code

Date

Name
Title
Company
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr. / Ms. __________________,

I recently read about Tarantin Tank and Equipment Co. celebrating its grand opening of a 35,000 square foot distribution and customer service center in Brentwood, N.H.  As I read this article, I found myself particularly interested in being part of your new expansion.  That is why I’m writing you directly.

As an experienced distribution center manager and warehouse supervisor, I offer a combination of leadership experience as well as marketing and business development.  My credentials include an M.B.A in Organizational Leadership and a B.S. in Business Administration from Rivier College.  I have 10 years experience in distribution center management at two major companies.  Among my achievements are managing up to 250 employees, improving production efficiencies and decreasing product damages.

I would appreciate having the opportunity to discuss your plans to develop further insight into a possible association.  I will call your office early next week to arrange an appointment.  I look forward to talking with you soon.

Sincerely,

Your Name 

 

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