How to reach out to people about a job (+ LinkedIn and email template included)

How to reach out to people about a job (+ LinkedIn and email template included)

Your LinkedIn and alumni networks can be a jackpot when it comes to professional networking. You’ve got an instant connection, one that can open the door to seasoned insider advice on your career plan and industry insight or, if things go super well, a job lead.

A ‘cold email’ introduction or LinkedIn message is usually the best way to get the conversation rolling. A good place to start is your alumni, including those you don’t know well.

LinkedIn is also your go-to search tool. Universities and colleges have an alumni page on LinkedIn where you can find out who’s working in your industry. This makes it easy to find

Your alumni network isn't just for recent grads either - you can leverage your university and college connections at any career stage.

A few quick tips when sending a cold email or LinkedIn request:

  • Keep your introduction email or message short
  • Be mindful about their time
  • Be authentic with a simple request - ask for advice and not a favor

Don’t feel stalkerish dropping someone you’ve never met an email or message. It’s a common practice and many of your successful peers did exactly the same thing.

Some alumni connections may be brief but others could last for years. Nurture your alumni relationships - they could play a key role in taking your career to the next level!