A college student recently sent this follow-up e-mail to a recruiter that he had met at a networking event. After you’re done cringing, we have a few tips that we’ve gathered to help.
The Business Writing Blog offered a few tips to be memorable – and in a good way:
- Mention the meeting and the conversation.
- Refer to something specific that came up in the conversation, especially a mutual interest.
- Suggest a way to continue the conversation.
- Attach an article or include a link that will please the other person (not a hard-selling piece).
- Mention a next step you will take.
Launching Lives has a short but sweet approach:
Subject Line: Nice Meeting You At The (Networking Event)
It was a pleasure meeting you last night at the Marketing Mixer. I really enjoyed talking to you about your passion for marketing and how you broke into the industry. I would like to take you up on your offer to pass along my resume and cover letter to the hiring manager, and I have attached them to this message. I really appreciate your willingness to help.
If there is one thing to take away from that initial e-mail, its this: yes, network and build relationships. However, always be professional. Realize that the person you’re contacting (in this case a recruiter who will be putting their professional reputation on the line for you with a potential employer) needs to take you seriously. Emoticons can wait till later.