1 – Learn how to ask: Warming up cold emails: from Keith Ferrazzi in Never Eat Alone • Use an interesting subject line: lead with your connection or your value prop• Be Brief and Conversational: Write your note, then cut it in half• Have a clear call to action: Request 15 minutes on the phone and offer suggested dates and times• Be grammatically perfect Sample email: Hi Beth, I have a favor to ask: I‘m looking to go back to work full-time and saw a Digital Marketing Manager position at BB&T posted on LinkedIn. I know you have successfully juggled work and family for many years and would love to chat about BB&T and see if you can share any information about the position that I’ve applied for. I’m always up for grabbing a cup of coffee but if a phone call fits into your schedule better then that would be great too. I’ve pasted the job posting below. I’ve also attached my resume so you can get a feel for my background. Thanks for any help you can provide! My request:I have an interview tomorrow for a job at Company with Sean and I saw on LinkedIn that you are connected to him. Just wondering if you have any background on him and what he’s like? Thanks for the inside scoop!
I went to business school with him and worked with him right after school. He lives two blocks away from us. I’ll call him! Tip for writing a great email; Write your email and then cut it in half Use email finder websites like hunter.io to get your message through – this is not stalking! 2 – Master the 15-minute networking call:
- Greet & Introduce
- Be thankful
- Position the meeting as valuable to them
- Describe your agenda & confirm
Ask thoughtful, open-ended questions starting your questions with phrases like:
- Tell me about…
- My research shows…
- Describe to me…
- New initiatives
- Business drivers
- How they got there
- Career advice
This is not the time to ask for a job! You are building a relationship and gathering information.Convey your messages and share information
- What 3 things do you want them to remember about you?
- Use your research to share information
- Ask for advice
“Here’s my plan for finding a job in software development. Can you think of anything else I should be doing? Who else should I speak with?”
Wrap it up, take notes and follow up
- End the meeting on time with a thank you & a reminder
- After the meeting, immediately jot down notes
- Follow up
Use your notes to write a personal thank you emailFollow up again after they’ve made an introduction, you’ve read the book they suggested, etc. 3 – Get Active on LinkedIn Like ShareCommentJoin GroupsConnect to people you don’t know Connection request: Hi, xx,I’d like to connect so I can continue to follow your success.Thank you. Hi, xx,I’m currently conducting a job search. I’ve always been interested in your company and would like to get connected so I can learn more about what you’re doing.Thank you.
Now that you know how to adapt your job search to a virtual job search, go do it. I believe in you.