Sample Networking Letter Requesting a Meeting

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Networking meetings can be a highly effective way to find new job opportunities and build valuable connections, but how do you go about requesting a meeting? Your letter should be polite and professional, outlining your background, relevant experience, and why you want to meet.

How to Write a Networking Letter Requesting a Meeting

You should provide some context as to what you're hoping to get out of the meeting, but you shouldn't say outright that your intention is to expand your network and discover job opportunities.

That much is assumed; instead, frame the letter as a request for a learning experience, or a chance to gain insight from a respected mentor. Additionally, If it's not clearly obvious to the recipient, be sure to include how you met or received his or her contact information.

You should close with an expression of gratitude and also a date as to when you will follow up. Remember that a mentor or a networking contact isn't necessarily obliged to meet you, so, be sure to communicate that you're flexible and willing to meet at your contact's convenience.

Networking Letter Example

Mary Smith
11222 Happy Lane
Sunshine, Utah 33333
P: (333) 444-7777

Mr. Vance Dorza, President
Edgie Marketing, llc
4545 South Main Street
Rainwater, MO 76777

Dear Mr. Dorza,

Our paths first crossed several years ago when you spoke to my marketing class at the University of Mid Nebraska. At that time, you challenged each of us to make a difference in the world and told of your early struggles to not only obtain a degree, but launch your company.

Since that time, I've followed the rapid growth of your cutting-edge marketing firm. This past year, I read that Edgie had been awarded an Addy for the innovative marketing campaign you created for WarmStone Creamery.

Your advice to find an internship in my senior year was invaluable to me. Upon graduation, my mentor at that firm introduced me to ACB Multi-media.

For the past 3 years, I have worked in all facets of marketing: internet, multimedia, and print. I would now like to explore where my education and experience would be of the greatest value to a firm located in the St. Louis area.

I do remember you telling us you would always be happy to answer questions. I kept your business card. I will call your secretary in a few days to arrange a meeting at your convenience. I will gladly clear my schedule for whenever you are available to meet. I look forward to meeting you again and gaining your insight for my career path.

Thanks, so much, for the great advice you gave me while at college. 


Mary Smith

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