Networking Thank You Letter Example

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It is important to take the time to thank everyone who helps with your career or job search, especially networking contacts who are willing to offer you advice and – even better – who recommend you to others in their professional networks. Below is a sample letter you can personalize and send (via email or mail) to a networking contact.

Why Send a Thank You Letter or Email

What used to be called the “Old Boys’ Network” has, with the advent and meteoric rise of social media, morphed into long-armed entities like LinkedIn, which can be powerful tools for identifying career opportunities.

It’s as true as ever that it helps to “know someone” in order to get a job. This is true both for traditional and for Internet-based workplaces.

Indeed, in an economy where virtual  / telecommuting jobs are on the rise, actively maintaining a professional network is essential – you may well be recommended for jobs and / or hired by people you will never meet in person. Especially when you have no personal, face-to-face contact with a professional colleague, it is imperative to compensate for this lack by writing well-crafted thank you letters when they assist you.   

Professionals who take the time out of their busy schedules to help you with your career search deserve your thanks. They are also putting their own reputations on the line whenever they agree to add you to their professional networks – their doing so is a statement of their belief in your abilities and potential.

What to Include in Your Letter

In using the following sample thank you letter, be sure to tailor it to reflect your own relationship with its recipient, adding details specific to the conversation(s) you have had with them.

If you are sending an email letter, there is no need to include your return address or your contact's address. List your contact information in your signature.

Sample Thank You Letter for a Networking Contact (regular mail)

Your Name
Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email

Date

Name
Title
Organization
Address
City, State, Zip Code

Dear Mr./Ms.

Last Name,

Thank you for taking the time to talk with me today. I am grateful for the time you spent reviewing my career objectives and recommending strategies for achieving them.

I especially appreciate your offer to connect me to others in your network. I plan on following up with the contacts you emailed me right away. I will also use the online networking resources you recommended to further my job search.

Any additional suggestions you may have would be welcome. I'll update you as my search progresses.

Again, thank you so much for your help. I greatly appreciate the assistance you have provided me.

Best Regards,

Your Name

Sample Thank You Letter for a Networking Contact (email)

Subject Line: Thank you from [Your Name]
 

Date

Dear Mr./Ms. Last Name,

Thank you for sharing your professional expertise with me during our discussion today. I consider you to be one of my role models in our field, and I am more than grateful for the time you spent reviewing my career objectives and recommending strategies for achieving them.

I especially appreciate your offer to connect me to others in your network. I plan on following up with the contacts you emailed me right away. I have also begun to reach out to local professionals using the online networking resources you recommended to accelerate my job search.

Any additional suggestions you may have would be welcome. I'll let you know how my career search progresses.

Again, thank you so much for your help. I greatly appreciate the assistance you have provided me.

Best Regards,

Your Name

Your Address
Your City, State, Zip Code
Your Phone Number
Your Email

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