Types of Networking Letter Examples

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You might not think of a simple thank-you letter as networking, but that single communication can pay dividends in future business dealings. Networking is about relationship building, and one way to build relationships is through written communication, whether by letters or email. Successful business people use networking to develop an arsenal of business and personal connections that in turn helps them grow their businesses or gain new employment.

Networking is marketing, whether for yourself or your business.

We’ve gathered a list of networking letter examples you can use to develop your own business relationships. These samples include referral letters and referral cover letters, informational interview letters, letters of introduction, outreach letters for career networking, meeting request letters, and networking thank-you letters.

Tips for Writing a Networking Letter

The most effective networking letters are those that immediately and clearly express your intention in writing to the recipient, whether this be to ask for career advice, introduce yourself or an industry colleague, ask for a referral, or express your thanks for assistance he or she has provided you.

Thus, the initial paragraph needs to come directly to the point, explaining who you are (if you have never personally met the recipient) and your reason for reaching out to them.

If you can establish a point of connection like a shared contact, this will help to engage the reader’s interest. Your statement should be simple and straightforward: “My academic advisor for my senior project, Dr. Joan Smith, recommended you as a good person to ask about the work climate at ABC Company.

I am writing to see if you would be willing to meet with me, either in person or by telephone, to discuss your impressions of ABC Company as an employer.”

In your second paragraph, briefly provide some persuasive context to explain exactly why you are asking for the favor of their time and attention: “As a native Seattleite with a passion for computer science, my dream has always been to work for a forward-thinking company like ABC Company. To this end, I have majored in Computer Science at the University of Washington and am now ready to begin assessing potential employers.”

Your closing paragraph should thank the recipient for their consideration of your request and let them know how they can reach you.

Before sending your letter, be it through email or snail mail, carefully proofread and edit your text to make sure that it’s letter-perfect. You should also make sure that the tone and language you have used are professional – remember that this is a business correspondence, not a personal one.

Networking Letter Samples

Referrals and Introductions

These examples help you reach out to a potential employer through a referral or introduction by another party, such as a current employee or other mutual connection.

Referral Request

To use a referral from a colleague, you need to get one first. Here are examples of how you might request a referral from a colleague. 

Thank-you for Giving Your Time

Even if the time spent networking with someone doesn’t result in a job, you should still share your thanks for that person’s time.

Thank-you for Getting the Job

These examples help you share the happy news that you’ve secured a position and express your appreciation for the referral or job search assistance that helped you get there.

Job Search

Many people find positions they learned about through someone they know—or a friend or colleague of someone they know. These letters help you spread the word that you are seeking new employment. A key piece of advice here is to always sound grateful for any help a friend or colleague can provide.

Just for Students

It’s never too early to start networking. Polite and enthusiastic communications can earn dividends when you’re searching for a summer internship or full-time job.

Informational Interviews

A great way to learn about a new industry or particular organization is through an information interview. Here’s how to go about requesting one.

Follow-Up

After a major networking event, it’s always a good idea to follow up to solidify the new connections you’ve made.

Keep in mind that the sample letters provided through the links above are intended to serve as examples, not as boilerplate letters to copy and paste. Be sure to rewrite them to reflect your own circumstances and unique tone of voice.

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