Before sending any letter, make sure it includes:
- How you learned of the individual, and why you are writing to him or her
- A little about you
- Why you are specifically interested in talking to him/her (don't go over the top but do express enthusiasm and curiosity
- Follow up and follow through
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 contacting Dartmouth alumni we recommend that you utilize their preferred mode of contact. If not indicated, you can use any method you feel comfortable with; just be sure your communications are professional, non-intrusive and considerate of time zone differences. 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