Before sending any letter, make sure it includes:
- How you learned of the individual, and why you are specifically interested in talking to him or her. (Tip: highlight a similarity between you and the individual.)
- A little about you (Tip: pique his or her interest.)
- How you will follow up (Tip: be gracious and sensitive of your contact's time.)
If you are sending the request via e-mail, make sure to err on the side of formality (i.e. Dear "Mr. Jones" instead of "Dear Phil").
If you are sending the request via LinkedIn, keep in mind that you have 200 character limit. Your message should introduce yourself, indicate why you are writing, and kindly request some time to chat. Short and sweet is the key here!
If you are reaching out to Dartmouth alumni, we recommend that you utilize their preferred mode of contact. We recommend that you do not include a resume in the first correspondence. If they are interested in reviewing your resume, they'll ask.
If you are cold calling, don't forget to include how you found him or her.
If you have more questions, then make an appointment with us so we can help you craft the right letter.