Thursday, September 28, 2017

Career Series: 3 Emails to Send to Your Network

When it came to networking during my job search, I honestly felt at a little disadvantage. Neither of my parents worked "traditional" 9-5 jobs, let alone had any contacts in my field.

My mom, however, did have a friend who knew friends. So my networking was a lot of emails... and a lot more trial and error.

Today I wanted to share with y'all the three emails that got me a response every time (!!!).

The Friend of a Friend who Might Know Something or Someone // This was my least favorite email to send, but such a necessary one ESPECIALLY if your contact has connections. Name drop, name drop, name drop!

Dear _______:

I hope you are having a great week so far! My name is Tori Moore, and I am a family friend of ___________. I was talking with them about my job search, and she suggested that I reach out to you.

I am looking to start my career in the world of digital and social media, preferably with a non-profit or political organization. I am also fortunate in that I can move anywhere in the country if the right job becomes available to me.

Any introduction you could make or contacts you could share with me would be greatly appreciated. In addition, if you know of any job opportunities in Seattle or in the Pacific Northwest that you might be able to share with me, please send them my way. In the meantime, I've attached my resume for your reference, and feel free to pass it along.

Thanks in advance for your help! Please let me know if there is anything else you may need from me.

Do you have a job for me? // This is a great email to send to smaller companies or contacts who might know of smaller companies that are hiring. One of the people from my spring internship sent this to the company I worked for, and that ended up sparking the hiring process for her job there.

Hi ______! I hope everything is going well with you.

I came across ________ during my search for social media companies in Atlanta and love what you all are doing to give a voice to the small business community and help to tell their stories via social media. I have long been a fan of _________ and think it's so cool that you all partner with one of my favorite restaurants in the Atlanta area!

I would love to bring you coffee to get to know you better, learn more about the industry and qualities you're looking for in new hires. Based on what I've seen, I really respect the work you all are doing and am confident, if the opportunity presents itself, I would be a wonderful fit for the company. 

I've attached my resume in the meantime and perhaps we can connect for 15-20 minutes on Wednesday or Thursday next week if you have a few minutes for me to swing by and say hi? I know you're incredibly busy and greatly appreciate your time in advance. 

Look forward to hearing back and hope you have a fantastic week!

At the End of Your Internship or College Career // Maybe your dream internship is coming to an end. Maybe you spent a lot of time with professors in your field. They're different than friend-of-friend-contacts, but the people in those circles know other people who might have jobs or, again, could put you in contact with another connection.

Hi team!

As you all know when my internship with _______ ends next Thursday (what?! Time flies!) I will be searching for a full-time position in social media and marketing. I'm looking for a company with similar goals and values to ______, but am open to anything! I am also willing to move just about anywhere in the country. 

If you know of any job opportunities or leads that you might be able to share with me, please send them my way! In the meantime, I've attached my resume and feel free to pass it along.

Thanks in advance for all your help!

Don't forget to follow up, and remember that as annoying as you might feel, you'll feel better when they respond and connect you with your dream job!


  1. Love and NEEDED this! Honestly thank you so much for sharing haha. I recently graduated and am just starting to get myself together for a job hunt. My least favourite thing is drafting emails like this because I'm terrible at keeping things short & getting to the point! Saving this post for sure! Xo

  2. Three fantastic emails!! I definitely remember sending some like these senior year of college before I figured out my post grad plans!

    xoxo A

  3. wow these are great! I graduated from college this June and I'm still looking for jobs. I should send some of these around.


  4. These are great templates! Finding a job in this day and age is harder than it seems - especially in the marketing field.

  5. These are great emails to send out, especially when starting your job search! Use those connections and network network network!! :)

    Kristen |

  6. Awesome ideas! Thanks for posting!!

  7. Great templates! I wish I had something like this when I first started applying for jobs fresh out of school.

  8. These are awesome! Sending those emails can be so challenging. I love that you're succinct! Thanks for sharing :)

  9. Such great templates! Definitely will be saving these!

  10. Really good tips here! It is so powerful what comes back our way when we put ourselves out there. Thank you for sharing!

  11. These are such great tips! I need utilize them all

    -xo, Azanique |

  12. Thanks for the info! Will be snagging one or two of these emails!

  13. All of these emails are very direct, yet not pushy - great job!

  14. These are so great! Very helpful for someone on the search for a job!


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