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Take these steps if you want an introduction to a hiring company

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I get a lot of requests to introduce people to companies that are hiring. And I’m usually happy to do it if the introduction request is structured thoughtfully.

Here are a couple of ways you can craft very thoughtful, concise introductory emails that are easy for others to forward on.

Read this book and follow the recommendations

I wrote a (short) book (free download) about how to write effective job search emails that people will be happy to forward. The book contains actual emails that helped secure job search introductions I was seeking.

It’s an easy read (10 minutes, tops) and will help you become a better writer of emails, particularly in a job search context.

For the impatient: Cliff Notes version :)

  • Send me a separate email (w/ new subject line that refers to who you want to connect with and why)
  • Keep it short (1-3 short paragraphs or an intro paragraph with a few bullets)
  • Make sure the body of the email makes it clear how your skills and experience map to the job you’re interested in.
  • Attach your resume and make sure your LinkedIn profile is in the body of the email
  • Double check your spelling and grammar in the email AND in your resume (there’s an app for that)

One last thing:

Did you get the job? Did you get an interview? Please let me know where the introduction led.

I really like to know what happened and if what I did ended up helping you reach your career goals.

I’ve talked to other “serial introducers” like myself and I know they also appreciate the follow through. For instance:

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(Hint: You can use a tool like Boomerang to make it really easy to track who you need to follow up with re: intros, Thank You’s, and the like.)

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Written by John Gannon

July 20, 2015 at 10:31 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. Hi John, great tip, and thank you for the link to template email. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me. I offered my email and subscribed to your list at least twice, and still haven’t got the download yet. Could you please check? Thanks!

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    TL

    July 21, 2015 at 11:54 am

  2. Hi John, great tip, and thanks for the download template link. Unfortunately, I couldn’t get your book at all – I subscribed/entered my email at least twice, but still haven’t received the download link. Could you please check? Thank you again!

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    xkcdi

    July 21, 2015 at 11:56 am

    • Going to email you on the address you included in your comment to get you the eBook. If for some reason that isn’t the address you want us to use please let me know.

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      John Gannon

      July 21, 2015 at 11:58 am

      • Hello John, I’m in the same boat as xkcdi. Could you please email to my address as well?

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        gkumar

        July 21, 2015 at 12:57 pm

      • Thank you, John, that is the email. Looking forward to it!

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        xkcdi

        July 21, 2015 at 3:23 pm


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