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New eBook – 15 networking emails that worked

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Below is an email I recently received from a recruiter via LinkedIn.   (I’ve blotted out the name of their client to protect the innocent.)

poorly written recruiter email

We all receive plenty of poorly written networking emails like this one where:

  • there is no personal connection (The person who wrote the email above actually shared a mutual LinkedIn connection with me, but didn’t attempt to leverage that connection.)
  • there is no strong reason for me to assist (What’s in it for me?)
  • there are spelling and/or grammar errors (comes off as careless and unprofessional)

Because I’m weird (OK, obsessive) when it comes to networking etiquette, this kind of thing bothers me.  So, a couple of months ago, I decided that I wanted to help people write better networking emails.  I dug through my Inbox and tracked down some successful emails from my most recent job hunt – job hunting emails that helped me get meetings with or secure introductions from hard-to-reach startup execs (whose companies were hiring!) and VC’s.

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I’m pleased to announce that I’ve taken these emails – emails that worked – and compiled them into a free eBook.

This eBook is filled with 15 job hunt email templates and breaks down the best practices that were used in each email so that you can use those best practices to write your own killer job hunting emails.

Click here to get a free copy of 15 Emails That Worked emailed to you immediately.

Written by John Gannon

January 27, 2013 at 2:32 pm

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Finally getting started on the VC Careers eBook

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Here’s the first stab at the forward for the VC careers eBook. I’m going to build the content around this, so please let me know if there are topics that you think I missed or that you want to make sure are included in the chapters I’ve outlined here. Comments are very welcomed and appreciated.


It’s no surprise that it’s not easy to get a venture capital job when you consider some of the factors at play:

  • There are very few VC jobs to begin with
  • People tend to stay in a VC job for a long time
  • Venture capital is not a growth industry; The number of people employed in the field does not typically increase annually (in fact, it may start decreasing going forward)
  • VCs only hire through trusted referrals
  • VCs are generally well compensated
  • VCs work with entrepreneurs who are trying to change the world, or at least the industries in which they operate (which is no small feat, either!)
  • Bottom line: VC is a great industry and the jobs are great, too

The combination of scarcity and quality of the jobs makes for a big labor supply/demand imbalance that works mightily against the venture capital job seeker.

The goal of this eBook is to share what I learned during my venture capital job search process with the hopes that you can leverage some of the strategies and tactics that worked for me during your job search process.

Chapters and topics include:

  • Acknowledgements and thank you’s (A shoutout to everyone that I can remember who helped me or met with me during my search)
  • What’s the job of a junior VC? (A discussion of the day-to-day work of an analyst or associate)
  • Onramps to venture capital (Discussion of the feeder jobs and industries to the venture capital industry)
  • Do you need an MBA?
  • What makes a good VC? (Discussion of skils that can help you be successful in this industry)
  • Where are the jobs? (Finding/creating venture capital job opportunities)
  • Where are the internships? (Finding/creating internship opportunities as an undergrad or grad student)
  • Introductions and followups (The lifeblood of a VC job hunt)
  • The Informational Interview (Once you get it, how to get the most out of it)
  • Offer negotiations (If you’re fortunate enough to have offers to join multiple firms)
  • Exit options (If you’re not a VC lifer, some thoughts on careers that might make sense post-VC)
  • Final advice
  • Online information sources (Sites and blogs that I found useful during my job hunt)

If you are interested in careers in venture capital, think about subscribing to my mailing list. I promise not to spam you and will only send information related to venture capital jobs and careers. Please input your email address in the field (and click ‘Submit’) below if you would like to subscribe.

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