This Template Makes Introduction Emails Easier

This Template Makes Introduction Emails Easier

Networking is an important part of developing your career, but it can be intimidating to reach out to a stranger. The Muse suggests this simple template to make things a little less awkward.

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It's hard to ask someone you don't know for help, even if it's just picking their brain for a few minutes. Maybe you're not sure what to say or how to ask. This template keeps things short and to the point, without being impersonal. The Muse's Aja Frost suggests:

Dear [first name],

My name is [your name], and I'm a [job title] who works in [your location]. I'm reaching out because [reason why you want to speak with this person]. I'd love to learn more about [two or three things you'd like to learn from the person].

I'm sure you're busy, so even 20 minutes would be appreciated.

Thanks so much,

[Your name]

You can tweak the template to match your own voice, but the important elements are there: who you are, why you're contacting this person, and what, specifically, you're asking of them.

Check out Frost's full post for more detail.

Introducing: the Email Template That will Get You a Meeting With Anyone You Ask [The Muse]


    Starting an email with "My name is ..." is awful. It sounds like you're a child presenting at show-and-tell in. It should be blatantly obvious what your name is from both your email address and your signature.

    "I’m reaching out because…"
    Ugly, awful Americanism.

    Last edited 11/07/15 10:08 pm

      I'm reaching out because -
      I've put my keyboard too far away.
      My chair's gas spring just collapsed.
      Both my arms are in casts and I can't bend them at the elbow.

    Sounds like a Nigerian introduction letter.

    But sir

    I'm sure you receive hundreds of these emails but I am the heir to the royal prince Hubba Bubba, click HERE for proof

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