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Inevitably getting a new job will involve email, and lots of it. Just throwing applications into the abyss in many cases won't cut it.. so you'll likely need to get used to connecting with key contacts at companies via email or LinkedIn. Here's some template emails to help you out. (Thank you to The Muse

Email #1: Someone You Used to Work Closely With

Perhaps it’s your supervisor from your college internship. Or, maybe it’s your favorite colleague from one of your previous jobs. Either way, nobody knows your skills and preferences better than the people you used to work side-by-side with—meaning they can be a huge help in your job search.

Hey [Name],

I hope you’re having a great week! I’ve been keeping up with you on LinkedIn, and it looks like things are going awesome with [job or professional interest].

I’m getting in touch to let you know that I’m currently searching for a new opportunity in [industry]. With my background in [field] and skills in [area], my ideal position involves [detailed description of ideal job] for an employer who [detailed description of ideal company].

Since we used to work so closely and I know you’re so well-connected, I’d love if you could let me know if you hear of any opportunities that you think I’d be a good fit for. I’ve attached my resume to this email, just in case that helps.

Of course, I’m always willing to return the favor if you ever need.

Thanks so much, [Name]! I have so many fond memories of our time together at [Company], and I hope things are even better for you since then.

[Your Name]

Email #2: Someone Who Works in Your Desired Industry

Sending a note to someone who is already employed in the field you’re eager to be a part of is always helpful, but especially when you’re making a career change. Chances are good that he or she is connected to other people in the industry—some of whom might even be hiring.

Hello [Name],

I hope you’re doing well!

I’m reaching out to let you know that I’ve decided to make a career change. Thus, I’m currently exploring different opportunities in [industry].

Since I know you’ve worked in the industry for quite a while, I thought you’d be the perfect person to get in touch with. If you become aware of any open roles that might be a good fit for someone with a background in [field], skills in [area], and a desire to learn, I’d love if you could give me a heads up. You can also find my resume attached to this email to get a better understanding of what I bring to the table.

I can’t tell you how much I appreciate any help as I work on making this switch.

Thanks so much, [Name]!

All the best,
[Your Name]

Email #3: Someone You’re Hoping Will Make an Intro

You’ve identified someone that you know could be a huge asset to you in your job search. The only problem? You don’t know him or her yourself. Fortunately, someone in your own network is connected to that person—and you’re hoping you can get introduced.

Hey [Name],

I hope things have been going great for you!

I’m touching base today with a request. I’m currently pursuing new jobs in [industry] and am actively working on making more connections within this field.

I noticed that you know [Name], and I was hoping that you’d be willing to connect me with [him/her]. As I’m sure you know [Name] has a ton of great insights into my area of interest, and I’d love to get connected so that I could ask [him/her] a few questions about the industry and [his/her] experience in general.

Would you be willing to send a brief email introducing the two of us? I’d appreciate that so much.

Don’t hesitate to let me know if you have any questions, [Name].

Thanks for your consideration!

[Your Name]

Email #4: Anyone Else

Hello [Name],

I hope things have been awesome!

I’m jotting you a quick note to let you know that I’m currently searching for a new career opportunity in [desired industry]. With my background in [area], I’m ideally looking for a [type of position] role with an employer who [describe ideal employer]. For a greater understanding of my professional qualifications, you can find my resume attached to this email.

If you hear of anything within your own network that you think might fit the bill, I’d so appreciate if you could send a heads up my way.

Let me know if I can ever return the favor, [Name]. I’m happy to do so!

[Your Name]

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