When it comes to introducing yourself to other social-impact professionals, learning about organizations, and ultimately landing your next job, writing a strong networking email is an incredibly useful skill. Even if you aren’t currently job searching, networking is an important way to connect with others and stay up-to-date on their career journeys (as well as an efficient method for letting others know what’s new with you!).
We’re bringing you two email templates for networking that can help you meet new people or follow-up with existing contacts to explore opportunities. These templates take the heavy lifting out of your email communication so that growing your network is as easy as hitting send (after some customization, of course!).
But first, a few quick tips on how to effectively network over email:
- Short emails get responses, so don’t add unnecessary details about your background.
- By the end of your email, the person on the receiving end should know who you are, what common ground you share, and what you’re asking for.
- Write a clear subject line that shows why you’re reaching out, such as “Coffee chat? I’m interested in your career journey” or “Following up after [Event/Conference]: Let's continue the conversation.”
- Share contact information and any relevant professional links in your sign-off.
When you’re asking for an introduction
One of the best things you can do for your job search is to utilize the network you already have. If you find that you share a mutual connection with someone you’d like to meet, customize this email template to tap your existing network for an introduction.
Subject line: Introduction request: Exploring opportunities in [FIELD]
I hope this email finds you well. If you recall, [REMIND THE PERSON HOW YOU KNOW EACH OTHER—E.G. “WE USED TO WORK TOGETHER” OR “I WAS YOUR STUDENT”].
I am currently working in [CURRENT FIELD] at [NAME OF ORGANIZATION], but I’ve recently become interested in [FIELD/INDUSTRY] and would love the opportunity to learn more about [SPECIFIC PROJECT, PROGRAM, OR JOB OPPORTUNITY]. I am reaching out to you because of your extensive network and expertise in [FIELD/INDUSTRY], as I’m hoping to broaden my connections to others in the field.
Recently, I came across the profile of [TARGET CONTACT’S NAME] and was impressed by their background in [SKILL OR FIELD]. I think their perspective could lead to an insightful discussion and greatly benefit my career goals. Would you be open to introducing me to [TARGET CONTACT’S NAME]?
I understand that you have a busy schedule, and I truly appreciate your time and consideration. Please let me know if there is a convenient time for a call or if an email introduction would be more suitable.
[YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION]
If you’re reaching out for the first time
When exploring job opportunities, research professionals who are currently working in your desired field or at a relevant organization to learn about their background and share information about yourself. Sending a cold email to these potential connections may seem daunting, but crafting a simple email with our template can help.
Subject line: Exploring Opportunities in [FIELD]—Let's Connect!
I hope this email finds you well. My name is [YOUR NAME], and I am currently working in [CURRENT FIELD] at [NAME OF ORGANIZATION]. I am exploring career opportunities in/at [FIELD OR NAME OF ORGANIZATION] and came across your profile on [WHERE YOU FOUND THEM].
I was impressed by your background and am eager to learn more about your career experience and insights. As someone deeply interested in [FIELD OR ORGANIZATION’S MISSION], I am particularly interested in [SPECIFIC SKILL, PROJECT, OR JOB OPPORTUNITY]. I would greatly appreciate the opportunity to connect with you to learn more about your career journey and experience at [NAME OF ORGANIZATION]. Additionally, if you have any advice for someone looking to pursue a career in/at [FIELD OR NAME OF ORGANIZATION], I would be eager to hear it.
Are you available for a brief phone call or coffee? I understand that your time is valuable, so let me know if you would prefer to correspond via email.
Hope to hear from you soon,
[YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION]
As you use these email templates for networking purposes, don’t be discouraged if people say no or don’t respond to your requests. They may be busy or simply don’t think they have enough helpful information to share with you, and that’s okay!
The important thing is that you continue to seek out interesting and relevant contacts. As long as you remain genuine and focus on professionals whose backgrounds relate to your career goals, you’ll be sure to make a few new connections to aid your job search.